Phantom Planet



Musically, this is an interesting, intelligent CD.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing offensive.


No violence.


Lots of frustrated love; no explicit sex.


No profanity.


No commercialism.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the overall message of adolescent angst is in the quirky, guitar-driven music.

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What's the story?

Known for their famous tie-ins, Phantom Planet seems determined to put a new face forward with their self-titled CD. With the help of producer Dave Fridman, the band delivers grungy guitar-based energy with an intelligent kick.

Is it any good?


The music is interesting and loud, with nods to both the New York garage sound and second-wave ska. It's modern punk rock at its best; the imaginative arrangements, trashy power-pop sensibility, and excellent performances are what make this album shine.

The lyrics are oddly inconsequential. They're hard to hear, and don't seem to say much of anything anyway. Get this CD for the fun of hearing a young, exciting band attack their songs with passion and power.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role of lyrics. They're difficult to hear on this album -- do you care? Does it matter?

Music details

Artist:Phantom Planet
Release date:January 6, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bywhovian852 April 9, 2008

Not a bad album

I got this album a couple of year ago. It might not be the best ever but it is a pretty good album. Heavier than their previous album.
Kid, 8 years old March 21, 2013
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008
This is a good album. I like the fact that there is more garage sound here then their previous releases. But they do have a very good discography. Very good.


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