A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that RADITUDE is a lot like past Weezer albums in the sense that it largely bypasses profanity and adult content in favor of harmless talk about meeting girls and having fun. There's one f-bomb (from guest rapper Lil Wayne) on the song "Can't Stop Partying" and a few references to drinking and smoking.
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What's the story?
Weezer has always been a thinking-teen's alt-rock band, and the group's latest record, RADITUDE, proves the point. Like earlier Weezer albums, Raditude is filled with mostly clean lyrics that are at once simple and awesomely clever -- describing common-enough teen stuff like girls and partying in an extra witty way that makes you laugh out loud. For instance: "Knew this girl back in junior high school when nobody gave her a look / Look at what we got, the girl got hot, switched up and rewrote the book." Though the CD includes a couple references to drinking and the party drug ecstasy, as well as a guest appearance by notoriously raunchy rapper Lil Wayne, it's still suitable for teens looking for some good, clean rock-and-roll fun.
Is it any good?
Weezer's less-is-more lyrical approach applies to its music as well. The songs on Raditude don't offer complex arrangements, but the combination of rocking power chords and distinctive vocals from lead singer Rivers Cuomo result in several cool tracks. Standouts include the infectious hook in "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," the thundering crescendo that comes in "Put Me Back Together," and the smooth rap contribution from Lil Wayne in "Can't Stop Partying."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Weezer's music. How do bands like Weezer manage to create music that's relevant to teens yet isn't chock full of graphic language, sex, and substance use?
Does it work for established rock bands to collaborate with newer
artists in entirely different genres -- as Weezer and Lil Wayne do
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