A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Fall is a very clean album, containing no profanity or adult references aside from a couple of fleeting mentions about feeling "paused by all the pills" and "first-degree robbery." Its largely innocuous lyrics make it a fine choice for younger kids who like alternative music.
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What's the story?
THE FALL is the fourth full length album from the virtual band Gorillaz -- a "group" of four cartoon members whose music is actually created by two real-life men named Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The record is believed to be the first official release ever written and recorded entirely on an Apple iPad. Unlike earlier Gorillaz CDs, this one is exceptionally clean: its 15 songs hardly contain many lyrics at all, and the words they do include are free of graphic language and adult references, beyond a light allusion to feeling "paused by all the pills." Parents of young kids who've been begging to hear Gorillaz should feel OK about letting them listen to this record.
Is it any good?
Gorillaz deserves props for this album based on its iPad-recording feat alone. While most of these ambling electro-pop songs seem to melt into each other, the record does include a couple of standouts, such as the whimsical beat (falling rain) that backs "Aspen Rain" and the marching vocal quality of "Revolving Doors."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Fall is the first official album release by a major musical act that was composed and recorded entirely on an Apple iPad. What are some of the plusses and minuses of recording music on simulated instruments versus the real things?
Which do you think sounds better -- songs recorded from simulated or live instruments? Why?