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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single gives a darker take on the average breakup, with somewhat morbid lyrics like "I am in misery, there ain't nobody who can comfort me / Why won't you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me." The video also depicts a girl trying to physically hurt a guy by knifing him, hitting him with a car, and more. That said, the lyrics themselves are largely free of graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to substance use. In the end, the song itself is acceptable for teens.
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What's the story?
Hot pop band Maroon 5 has released the first single, titled "MISERY," off their third studio album, Hands All Over. The story behind the song involves a guy who's lamenting a painful breakup, giving a somewhat dark and more adult rendition of post-breakup emotions: "I wrote two hundred letters I will never send / Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper than they seem / You’d rather cover up, I’d rather let them bleed... I am in misery, there ain’t nobody who can comfort me ...The silence is slowly killing me." Despite the melancholic overtone, the lyrics don't include explicit language or graphic descriptions of sex. However, the video is another matter -- showing the band members under various forms of physical attack by an extremely violent woman. Though the song itself is OK for teens, watch out for the video.
Is it any good?
"Misery" features the classic sound that's made other Maroon 5 songs famous: bubbly pop beats combined with lead singer Adam Levine's unusually high vocals. While the formula is nothing we haven't heard before, it still results in a catchy enough tune that will appeal to die-hard Maroon 5 fans and anyone who appreciates good, solid pop.
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