Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes

 
Dark lyrics can be fodder for frank talk with teens.

What parents need to know

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
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Sex
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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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Linkin Park
Release date:November 25, 2008
Label:Warner Brothers
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byLadypurple September 25, 2010
age 13+
 
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 great to write fight scences to (I do that.) LP is legendary.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bycheedarcheez February 13, 2010
age 14+
 

good live album

proof that linkin park can be good live
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Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 year old Written bycorneater January 22, 2010
age 14+
 

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 bother me at all. I think the band was just trying to make a statement. I luv the nu-metal LP has brought to our generation! LINKIN PARK ARE CORNEATERS!!!!!!! this is a high complement. LP 4 LIFE!!!!!!

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