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