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Themes of conflict overtake this rockin' album.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Almost every track describes conflict, distrust, or a pessimistic search for independence.


Any violent acts described are in the nature of assaults against truth.

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There are stark images of conflict and anxiety, but no foul language or obscenity.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

Music details

Artist:Linkin Park
Release date:March 25, 2003
Label:Warner Brothers
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPahrokkal October 1, 2014

Your Teen Is Going to Love This Album.

I'm not going to sugar coat it. This album is incredibly heavy rock/metal. Although, the music is always energetic and it is sure to grab the attention of almost any 13 year old young man. I remember when I first got a hold of this album when I was 13, I fell in love with it. Especially when I was challenged with a difficulty in life. I felt like the lyrics and the band were the only people I could relate to and the lyrics really did capture exactly what I was feeling. Anger. Deceit. Betrayal. For example: When I felt no one understood me or I felt as if i didn't belong anywhere, I would listen to track 3 of the Meteora Album. "Somewhere I Belong" The song talks about wanting to feel like the person has somewhere he belongs. He feels as if he has nothing to lose and nothing to gain. He says he will never know himself until he does this on his own. Believe it or not, every teenager goes through this state of thinking. They most likely aren't fighting depression or anything serious, but when they do feel this way, the album will be there when nothing else will. Although this album has way too many mature themes for kids 12 and under, teens 13 and up will feel right at home. The album features many songs that have a mix of metal/rap, and there are many parts in the songs where the lead singer screams with an up beat metal tune. So be aware that when your teen starts listening in his or her room, you are going to hear a lot of screaming. Although, the screaming isn't mindless and most of the time it will make goosebumps pop out of your skin and make you feel incredible. This has to be my favorite album from the band and it is appropriate for any teen 13 and up. 5/5.
Teen, 17 years old Written bySlipknotsarah July 10, 2009

:) great cd :)

Great CD for all ages.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBMPunk October 5, 2009
Meteora was really one of the best Linkin Park albums ever simply because it has some of the best Linkin Park songs made. It is a must have for all nu-Metal fans and Alternative Rock fans alike. Recommended Songs: "Numb", "Breaking the Habit", "Somewhere I Belong", and "Faint"
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