Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Dark lyrics can be fodder for frank talk with teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A complex message that includes despair over feeling outcast. Lyrics include the lines: "I hyperventilate / Looking for help / Somehow, somewhere, and no one cares / I'm my own worst enemy / I've given up / I'm sick of feeling." And this: "Is there nothing you can say? / Take this all away / I'm suffocating / Tell me what the f--k is wrong with me?"

Violence
Sex
Language

The word f--k appears throughout the performance, both in song lyrics and between-song commentary by the band; the word is dropped full-force during Jay-Z's cameo.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these songs contain brooding lyrics about feeling depressed and failing to fit in. As usual, the band doesn't shy away from using the word f--k, though they don't rely on it, either.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bycorneater January 22, 2010

Lyrics aren't a big issue

I luv this album! It shows that not only are LP amazing in the studio but r fantastic live! I would recommend this to any LP fan! The swearing doesn't both... Continue reading
Adult Written bySettingXSail January 11, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written bycheedarcheez February 13, 2010

good live album

proof that linkin park can be good live
Teen, 14 years old Written byLadypurple September 25, 2010
Of course you wouldn't let your 7 year old listen to such music. Sure it's dark and brooding but to me the lyrics are addictive and the songs are grea... Continue reading

What's the story?

Recorded in June 2008 at the U.K.'s Milton Keynes National Bowl, ROAD TO REVOLUTION: LIVE AT MILTON KEYNES is a representative sample of Linkin Park's greatest hits, including two collaborations with Jay-Z on which the rap icon makes a live cameo. With these hits come the nu-metal megaband's trademarks like dark, pensive lyrics and occasional f-bombs, putting the release in the mature category alongside their other albums like Minutes to Midnight.

Is it any good?

Live performances straddle a fine line: they should include enough twists and turns to sound distinct from studio recordings, yet not stray so far that fans can't recognize their old favorites. Linkin Park walks this tightrope fairly well. Chester Bennington's haunting bellows appear at different points, and MC Shinoda varies his rhyme inflection at times, but for the most part, the songs follow their prescribed studio paths.

Still, the lyrics can be troubling. If your teen is into Linkin Park, keep the lines of communication open.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how these songs might help and hurt teens struggling to find their place in the world. Does it feel better to know others out there are experiencing the same thoughts and emotions? Is it more difficult to transcend depression when listening to depressing music? What's the right combination of exposure to people who feel the same pain and those who can help you rise above it?

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