The Fall

Common Sense Media says

Clean alt-pop CD recorded entirely on an iPad.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing overtly positive or negative, though an optimistic overall tone; for example, "the sun is gonna save me, put a little love into my lonely soul."

Positive role models

No positive or negative role models here.

Violence

One song is remixed with a TV news clip that mentions "first-degree robbery" (though no additional details).

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to substances: "I feel I'm paused by all the pills."

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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Kids say

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?

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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."

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Gorillaz
Release date:April 11, 2011
Label:Virgin Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byLukepi May 13, 2011
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Best Gorillaz CD yet.

I love Gorillaz. Their music is unique and exceptional. This album is very fun to listen to, and almost every track is great. Nothing inapropriate for kids. In fact, sometimes my 7 year old brother sneaks into my room to listen to my copy of it. It's really a great listen. I reccomend it to everyone.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byjason24589 January 2, 2012
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Best Gorillaz album!

Well, this song is good for the kids unlike the Demon Days album. I love Gorillaz so much!
Teen, 16 years old Written bychemical bliss May 19, 2011
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Not quite as good as Demon Days and their self titled album but it is one of their better albums for sure (much better than Plastic Beach). As the review stated it is mostly electro and trip-hop which points towards their electro/grunge roots. all and all its a good album but lacks what they had when the group first formed

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