"Second Chance" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Alt-rock act sings deep yet clean song about leaving home.

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age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the story behind this song may be a sensitive one, Shinedown tells the tale using non-offensive lyrics that contain no explicit swearing or adult references.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMagpiecorvus007alt June 12, 2018

I LOVE Shinedown, And every song on the first three albums, including this song.

This song is incredible, and suitable for pretty much anyone, it is quite emotional and very nice sounding, I listen to alot of emotional music and I strongly e... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMavrah333 May 12, 2015

Blissful song is lighthearted but deep.

I may be more of a fan of Shinedown's "Anarchy up, society down" style songs (Sound of Madness, Devour, Cry for Help, which are all awesome) but... Continue reading

What's the story?

SECOND CHANCE is single number two off Shinedown's third album, The Sound of Madness. In this track, the alt-rock band delves into deep emotional territory, singing about a young adult stuck in an unsatisfying home situation who has big dreams of leading an independent life. The band ultimately puts an optimistic spin on this difficult premise, noting that time apart can be good for a relationship: \"Tell my mother, tell my father, I've done the best I can / To make them realize this is my life, I hope they understand / I'm not angry, I'm just saying / Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.\"

Is it any good?

On this record, the band strays from its southern-rock roots, striving for a big alt-rock sound that, in the words of lead singer Brent Smith, is "over the top." "Second Chance" doesn't quite hit this mark, offering performances that are respectable if not particularly memorable. In the end, this is the type of song that you remember the words to while forgetting exactly which one among all the cookie-cutter alt-rock groups performs it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to avoid communication breakdowns that make kids want to strike out on their own. What can parents and children do to build an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation? Can you name five strategies for keeping the lines of communication open? 

Music details

  • Artist: Shinedown
  • Release date: June 28, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Alternative Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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