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 single is a fine choice for tweens and teens. It features no graphic language or adult content, aside from one light line about "when you wake up" -- implying that the singer and object of her affection are sleeping under the same roof.
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What's the story?
THE ONLY EXCEPTION is another single off of Brand New Eyes, the third album from alt-rock band Paramore. Also featured on an episode of the TV show Glee, the track tells the story of a girl who develops a pessimistic take on love after watching her parents' failed relationship. In a nod to optimism, however, the girl ultimately finds someone who helps to break her belief that love's not worth it: "And I've always lived like this / Keeping a comfortable distance because none of it was ever worth the risk / Well, you are the only exception..." With no questionable language or content aside from a fleeting line about sleeping under the same roof ("I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up"), this song is a good choice for tweens and teens looking for some clean, solid alt-rock music.
Is it any good?
Like most of Paramore's songs, "The Only Exception" is fairly straightforward musically, featuring a simple melody and lead singer Hayley Williams' pure if not earth-shattering vocals. The end result proves that complicated isn't always best: the song is a lovely ode to real love that's sure to become the anthem of tweens and teens everywhere.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the children of couples who have rocky marriages can grow up to become adults who have fulfilling relationships themselves. How can you learn the skills needed to maintain a healthy relationship?
What examples can you take from the relationships you see your parents in -- good and bad?
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