Brooding German teen rockers bring rousing debut.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There is a lot of teen angst -- particularly about being trapped and feeling claustrophobic ("I feel so/claustrophobic here/Watch out/now you better disappear/you can't make me stay/I'll break away").


One song ("Don't Jump") talks about teen suicide, but doesn't glorify it in any way ("Somewhere out there/you lost yourself in your pain/you dream of the end/to start all over again…I scream into the night for you/don't make it true/don't jump").

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Tokio Hotel
Release date:May 6, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old August 26, 2009
age 10+

Ich liebe Tokio Hotel!!

I lurrrvee itt!!! it has the best songs everrr It will make you want to learn Germann
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Kid, 12 years old January 25, 2009
age 11+


I just got over my obsession with Bill Kaulitz. :D They are ah-mazing.
Kid, 11 years old May 23, 2009
age 10+


The music is GREAT and has good messages behind them. :)


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