A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this album contains nothing outwardly offensive (no sexual content or foul language), it does cover the angst-ridden issues that affect many kids today -- broken relationships, rebellion, and even suicide and death. However, most of the lyrics aren't dark enough to be off-limits to most teens.
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What's the story?
Performing since they were 12, the Kaulitz twins (singer Bill and guitarist Tom), now 18, bring a penchant for seeming unruliness to the rest of this band of German teens. A little bit punk and a lot rock 'n' roll, this guitar-laden 15-track collection packs plenty of attitude and punch. It's Tokio Hotel's first English album.
Is it any good?
Reminiscent of the punk-rock hair bands of the '80s (think big hair, lots of color), this teenage foursome is oddly intriguing for more than just their hair. SCREAM's guitar-heavy tracks can inadvertently produce some headbanging, and Bill's sometimes genderless vocals only add to the mystery of their music. Standouts include "By Your Side," from the movie Prom Night, and the poignant and mighty ballad "Forgotten Children." Teenage girls, no doubt, will quickly embrace this lively quartet with the same enthusiasm their moms had for those rockin' bands two decades ago.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about teen performers. How do you think being in the spotlight affects young artists? When are kids too young to handle the pressures of being a star, or does it depend on the person? Also, are younger artists taken seriously enough or do they have to work harder to prove themselves?