What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the album from Southern California rockers Linkin Park contains messages of conflict, distrust, and independence. The subjects -- although fairly heavy -- are presented without using any objectionable sexual or violent content, or foul language, and it fine for teens to listen to.
What's the story?
Inspired by a super-rocky terrain in Greece -- atop which monasteries were somehow, astonishingly, erected -- Linkin Park's latest CD, METEORA, strives to create in music the visual impact of that landscape. For the most part, Linkin Park succeeds, stunning the listener with songs of energy and power, with lyrics as blunt and inhospitable as those Greek boulders. \"Don't Stay\" captures the particular brand of anguish and self-loathing that can only be inspired by betrayal, with lines like, \"Forget our memories/ Forget our possibilities/ Take all your faithlessness with you/ [Just give me myself back and]/ Don't stay.\"
Is it any good?
Explosive, creative, meticulous: these seemingly contradictory terms all describe Linkin Park's Meteora. The recurring themes of conflict, distrust, and anxiety are too mature for younger listeners, but teens will find these topics to be familiar country.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the process of making an album. The song "Breaking the Habit" took six years to create. Was it obvious from the finished product? What do you think of bands that put out albums every year? Every 10 years? Can you put a time limit on creativity?