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The Colour and the Shape
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album was first released in 1997 and is now being featured in the widely popular video game Rock Band 2. Cutting lyrics about relationships and a hard-rock sound are tempered by the band's ironic humor and simpler tracks, making the songs age-appropriate for teens.
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Is it any good?
Allow the Foo Fighters to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride through the euphoric highs and depressing lows of relationships. It's a ride you won't want to get off. The band does an impeccable job of precisely balancing the album with hard rocking, punk-infused tracks and mellow sentimental ballads. There are plenty of popular standout tracks, including "Everlong," an adrenaline-stirring single that has definitely stood the test of time. Most of the other songs, such as "My Hero" and "Monkey Wrench," also sound current -- even by today's sometimes over-synthesized standards.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how alternative rock has changed in the decade since this album was first released. Is alternative rock now mainstream rock? Is there a new alternative sound? Also do you think video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have played a critical role in introducing classic rock bands to a new generation of listeners? Do you think today's current music will be popular in 10 or 20 years as well?