Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Brooding German teen rockers bring rousing debut.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJulia from Sweden December 19, 2010
Schrei rocks!!!! Best in german though! Buy schrei (so laut du kannst)

Band still rules after 5 years.

Das fenster öffnet sich nicht mehr hier drin' ist... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written byCaoimheMorana September 14, 2010

Great Music

I'm a huge Tokio Hotel fan, but I still wouldn't let anyone under 8 listen to them as the themes of some of their songs are more teen angst. The music... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMiranda B. October 6, 2012

Can I be the 5th member of Tokio Hotel?

Tokio Hotel is my new-found foreign music pleasure thanks to my German teacher.(Danke Schon Frau Kuchenbecker!!) I originally had the positive role model button... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytaylormichelex January 18, 2012

I love it.

This is an amazing album. The song "Don't Jump" isn't violent, it sends a REALLY great message, it's tellings kids NOT to commit suicid... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Tokio Hotel
  • Release date: May 6, 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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