A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?