Set Me Free

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Rocking out about love and heartbreak.

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

Positive Messages

A little self-absorbed and depressive, but every once in a while Raven remembers she's supposed to be standing up for herself.


Nothing to worry about. "Atomic winter in my soul" used as metaphor for depression, we think...


Mild innuendo along the lines of "My lust is burning too/as I hold me close to you/and you promise me tonight" and "All I wanna do is you."


Nothing stronger than "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Love is the only drug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marion Raven's lyrics tend to focus on the disappointments that lead to the death of romance. Innuendo is mild, though many of the songs poetically deal with a lover's infidelity and/or loser-potential ("High on a hill/heard a bird sing her song/sang you were true/Well, she got it all wrong" on "Crawl"; "Now I'm standing in the cold…Atomic winter in my soul…The only remedy I know/is I gotta let you go").

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

rocking out ubout love and hartbrake

parents should descus why marions music is so depressing in the end yet alove story in the beginning p.s. i pretty much egrae with commonsense so i sugeste to r... Continue reading

What's the story?

Searing guitar solos and strong vocal performances define Marion Raven's SET ME FREE, as the artist negotiates the sometimes tough terrain of love and loss with admirable vocal skill. Most of the songs affect a thrashing mid-tempo, drama-queen ambiance that can get a bit tedious, and Ms. Raven's vocals are definitely stuck on \"intense,\" but there's some lovely poetry, dealing almost entirely with love and relationships -- the good, the bad, and the stupid.

Is it any good?

Vocal and instrumental performances are skillful and effective; production and mixing are unimaginative but leave a lot of room for this 22-year-old, Norwegian-born singer-songwriter to strut her considerable stuff.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about romantic breakups, and how to negotiate the tough feelings when a relationship doesn't work out. Sometimes a creative outlet like songwriting or poetry can help get us through hard times. Do you think that Marion Raven's lyrics came out of her personal experience?

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