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Payable on Death

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Payable on Death Music Poster Image
Impressive package boasts poetry and power.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There's a socially conscious message throughout.


A few key words in one song, "Suffocation," "To death, no breath" are clearly meant metaphorically.


There are no explicit sexual references.


Language is clean, lyrics easy to hear.


The first million copies pressed contain a bonus video game and DVD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this combines power rock and idealistic, poetic lyrics. There's a lot here for socially conscious teens to sink their teeth into.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague January 8, 2010

Payable on Death (P.O.D.)

P.O.D. is a great band. Listened to them ever since the late 90s. This is also a good band for kids as well. Most of their music sends a clean, possitive messag...
Teen, 15 years old Written byRyan Calhoun April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bycountofcounts July 13, 2011


Clean lyrics with positive messages. Very well written music. Some iffy violent content, nothing too bad.

What's the story?

PAYABLE ON DEATH by P.O.D. was among the most surprising and impressive offerings of 2003. Despite the slightly pretentious goth-influenced, pseudo-Egyptian graphic design, despite the slightly creepy title, and despite the bonus DVD that refused to play in no less than five different machines, the songs are not only completely inoffensive, but poetic and personal.

Is it any good?

There's a refreshingly idealistic social consciousness throughout. The multi-million-selling group boasts guitar player, Jason Truby, whose hard-hitting style complements the band's reggae-influenced songwriting and eclectic musical arrangements. The vocal performances are raw and passionate, but not overdone. There are so many intense elements and influences at work that it would be easy for the whole thing to sound like confusing mush, but veteran producer Howard Benson somehow brings it all home tastefully without restraining the group's intensity.

A bit pompous perhaps, but here's some good music with a positive message.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idealistic tone of this album. Why do you think so many other acts veer away from that?

Music details

  • Artist: P.O.D.
  • Release date: November 4, 2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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