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Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Songs about some dark subjects stay obscure.

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Positive Messages

Not really direct violence, but seemingly emotional torture in words like "Don't wanna be the prey to the scalpel's blade," "But we'll never know about the life I chose/I won't believe/I won't be so naive until I go/Yeah we'll never know until these eyes close," and "The judge took my life with his conviction."


"I'm gonna start from your waist up through your navel… navigate me through your body" is the most graphic.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to addiction in different songs ("When pharmaceuticals weren't there to make life beautiful" and "You've been askin'/I've been drinkin'/Thinkin' about this godforsaken life I lead") and one indirect reference in "Miss Sobriety" ("I never thought I'd get so low").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that what was once a teen pop-punk band has now grown up to sing about some mature subjects like addictions, prison, rebellion, and "living against the grain." They do so, however, in a poetic and indirect way. The band was featured on The Hills.

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Parent of a 16-year-old Written bynuttyoboist6299... July 21, 2010

Worth a listen for mature teens

This album isn't appropriate for the tween girls who sing along at shows. I say this only because the girls see it merely as a pop album with words, they d... Continue reading

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What's the story?

It's been two years since the band's debut The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch met with quite a bit of notoriety and countless months on the Billboard charts. It seems ROTATION should meet with the same fate, as it has successfully resisted the dreaded sophomore curse by examining alternate forms of rock instrumentation instead of the typical bass-guitar-drums arrangement.

Is it any good?

This quartet has also matured lyrically although they do get a bit heady at times. Shaant Hacikyan claims being influenced by classic songwriters like Tom Petty and John Lennon, but it's hard to see the similarities in style. Either way, what you want from a second album is progression and the ability to bring a band's strengths to the forefront, and that's what Cute Is What We Aim For delivers -- a fulfilling album that really demonstrates collaboration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the group came up with their name. Two albums into their career, they certainly haven't proven themselves to be "cute." Is the band's name a satire? How do you think they decided on their name?

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