A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although teens may be interested because the group's frontwoman is Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl, this is not a good choice for young teens! The song has all the wrong messages about relationships, and plays right into the extreme emotions teens sometimes experience from their first crushes. Talk of wanting to die and not being good enough for someone permeates this single, along with a desperation to do anything to maintain someone's interest.
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What's the story?
Straight off of the soundtrack to the equally hard-charging movie, Kick-Ass, "MAKE ME WANNA DIE" was originally a promo single for the alternative rock band, The Pretty Reckless. The group has gotten major press thanks to their controversial Gossip Girl frontwoman, Taylor Momsen. The song is as dark and brooding as Momsen's make-up, and discusses relationship desperation with a sprinkling of Twilight illusions just for good measure.
Is it any good?
"Make Me Wanna Die" is a classically edgy rock song that delights in being naughty and irresponsible. The driving guitars aren't anything new, but set against Momsen's hypnotic, sultry voice they're given new life. Think Paramore with more air guitars and eyeliner and you have The Pretty Reckless. The song revels in the rock tradition of pushing buttons with inflammatory remarks like "you make me wanna steal." Although this single certainly won't get any awards for role model of the year, it does show off the band's ability to supply a searing blast of dark, decadent rock.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about healthy ways to handle relationships. Do you need to go to extremes to keep someone's love? Or is it more important to be secure in yourself rather than seeking the approval of another?
Talk about Taylor Momsen. Do you think she is a good role model for teens? Is her image too racy or risky for younger kids? What about other Gossip Girl stars?
Talk about movie soundtracks. Have you ever be allowed to listen to a movie's soundtrack even though you couldn't see the film? Are soundtracks sometimes more appropriate than the movies they are tied to? Can the soundtracks also carry mature messages that reinforce the movie's themes? Do popular soundtracks sometimes market inappropriate movies?