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Room on Fire
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is one of those CDs that your kids are going to want to have, but reading the lyrics will give you a case of heartburn. The band members have serious drug histories and that informs their music. They are also honest in their treatment of subjects that some parents would rather not deal with. Mature teens beginning to negotiate their way through the challenges of sex and drugs will find much to consider here.
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What's the story?
ROOM ON FIRE takes the listener on a tour of late nights (\"12:51\") and harsh dawns (\"Between Love & Hate\"), with their moments of emotional emptiness and fitful happiness. Despite the dark subject matter, it's catchy enough that you'll probably find yourself singing along. Because of the wealthy background of the band members and past rumors of drug abuse, it's easy for the listener to bring this baggage to the album. Mature teens beginning to negotiate their way through the challenges of sex and drugs will find much to consider here, but it's a good idea for parents to talk about all the drug, alcohol, and sex references with their kids after reading the lyrics.
Is it any good?
Some bands give themselves hernias trying to be notorious, using profanity and sexism in a desperate bid for attention. New York's Strokes are far more subtle and artistic in their treatment of adult subjects. Overall, Room on Fire is a terrific rock & roll album, spare in its production and passionate in performance.