A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album is a lot like past Weezer albums, with only a few eyebrow-raising references to sexual situations and substance use and otherwise clean, fun-loving lyrics. That said, the messaging in a few songs like "Memories" and "Time Flies" demonstrates that the aging band members are realizing that life is fleeting. Still, the overall release is appropriate for teens.
What's the story?
HURLEY is the latest in a long line of albums from Weezer, the quirky yet fun alt-rock band that's been around since the mid-1990s. On this record, the band begins to show its age a bit: though most of the songs show the same lighthearted attitude that's permeated much of the Weezer catalog, a few of the songs revolve around what it's like to get older: "Life is moving fast and I'm running out of gas / Time ain't on my side." The band still shies away from lots of references to adult situations and graphic language, resulting in a record that's OK for teens, but the mood is just a shade more pensive than previous Weezer releases.
Is it any good?
Raditude, the awesome record that preceded Hurley, was a tough act to follow -- but Weezer has still done a respectable job with its latest attempt. Though a couple of the songs like "Memories" sound pretty similar to prior Weezer tunes, the album offers some killer gems such as "Time Flies" and "Trainwrecks."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how bands like Weezer, who rise to fame when they're younger, can adapt and change as they grow older. Can Weezer's messages about memories and looking back resonate with younger fans, or will they simply reveal that Weezer can no longer relate to a younger crowd? Why?
How can Weezer remain relevant to younger audiences while still remaining true to their older fan base?