A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that if they want to let their teens buy this record, it should be the edited version. To be sure, the album is less risque than many other rap-rock records, but it still contains enough f-bombs, sex, and substance use to warrant the parental advisory sticker it sports.
What's the story?
Hard-rockers Papa Roach are back with METAMORPHOSIS, their first new record in nearly three years. Still trying to reclaim the massive success they experienced with their multi-platinum debut album, Infest, the foursome used Infest's producer (Jay Baumgardner) on this go-'round and recruited Motley Crue axe-man Mick Mars for one track ("Into the Light"). As the record's title suggests, the band has changed in some respects: they're no longer infusing their rock songs with rap stints (a la Linkin Park). However, the group's penchant for graphic language and other adult content remains -- making this album too mature for young kids.
Is it any good?
With this record, Papa Roach wanted the world to know they've changed -- but change isn't always a good thing. Part of Papa's original appeal was their rap-rock approach with an unmistakeably hard edge. On Metamorphosis, the rapping is gone and some of the songs are downright cheesy power-ballads. Though the band's traditionally tempting style of driving guitars and drums resurfaces on a few tracks, there's not enough of it for the album to truly stick to your ribs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about decoding music and lyrics and whether "comeback" bands need to load up their records with sex, drugs, and graphic language to make them appealing. For an artist's music to be memorable, does it have to include mature content? Can lyrics be meaningful without being shocking?