The Silence in Black and White

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Whiny and derivative, but also kind of fun.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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

Positive Messages

World-class whiners!


Some clearly violent images.


Some sexual innuendo.


Nothing obvious.


CD package comes with insert advertising other products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some references to violence and suicide.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxxmyanguishmyde... April 8, 2011
Teen, 15 years old Written byMCRsaveslives November 22, 2011
Teen, 16 years old Written byEmo_girl_664 September 2, 2009


The Song Ohio is for lovers is a very good song beacuse when i was depressed it helped me remember that I'm not the only one out there feeling hurt.

What's the story?

Combining elements of punk, hardcore, emo, metal, and rock influences, Hawthorne Heights –- a band that formed two years ago in Dayton, Ohio with the name A Day in the Life -– are trying a little too hard, and it really shows in this album. The angst is overplayed and self-conscious, and the songs -- including lyrics referencing blades, throat cutting, bleeding, fire, and suicide –- are repetitive and derivative. But there's a lot of heart and spirit on Hawthorne Heights' THE SILENCE IN BLACK AND WHITE, an album that was obviously produced with loving care.

Is it any good?

Alternating between whispers and screams, the vocals of The Silence in Black and White sound as clichéd as the mostly tiresome lyrics. Instrumentals are well-performed and well-intended, but fall short of brilliance. Maturity and confidence (and some better songs) will go a long way toward helping these guys fulfill their obvious potential. As it is, the most positive message offered on this album is that creativity (even if it means writing mediocre songs) is way better than hurting yourself. Really.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about writing songs as a great alternative to actually hurting yourself when you're feeling really bad.

Music details

  • Artist: Hawthorne Heights
  • Release date: June 8, 2005
  • Label: Victory
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 20, 2015

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