The Vampire Diaries Original Television Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Collection of indie-rock songs is tamer than the TV show.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The messages here are more brooding than anything else, though with the TV show's overarching premise being about death, some of the messages tilt toward the negative. For example, "I do not want to be afraid / I do not want to die inside just to breathe in / I'm tired of feeling so numb / Relief exists, I find it when I am cut."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the artists featured on this record are fairly obscure and off of the media's radar, making it difficult to tell how well they stand up as role model material.

Violence

A few violent metaphors, such as "Words can relay nice / They can cut you open, and then the silence surrounds you and hunts you."

Sex

Some references to sexual situations: "You know, my darling, I can't stand to sleep alone / No sweetheart in the dark to call my own."

Language
Consumerism

Soundtrack to popular TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of allusions to substance use: "I can be your addiction in the stereo/ I could be just your type of high."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Vampire Diaries Original Television Soundtrack is a bit tamer than the TV show itself, featuring much less violence, substance use, sex, and profanity than the show. Like a lot of indie music artists, the ones included in this soundtrack have written songs with lyrics that are somewhat obscure. While parents may want to watch out for impressionable kids spending too long listening to the record's melancholy words and music, the album is generally age-appropriate for teens.

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What's the story?

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES ORIGINAL TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK is the first collection of 16 tunes from The Vampire Diaries TV show. Though the album features a couple of more well-known artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, and Silversun Pickups, most of the bands are obscure indie rockers. All of these artists have one thing in common -- they keep their lyrics pretty clean, avoiding graphic language and adult content. While the messages can get a bit brooding at times, the majority of these songs are age-appropriate for teens.

Is it any good?

The lesser-known bands on this record clearly outshine the bigger names, with the weird synthesizer tones of the Smashing Pumpkins song "The Fellowship" being the only real disappointment on the album. Other inclusions like "Running Up That Hill" (Placebo's excellent cover of the '80s song by Kate Bush) and the haunting track "Bloodless" by Stateless make this collection an exceptional choice for indie-rock fans seeking a cool new sampler.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this music does a good job of representing the characters on the TV show. Which songs best capture the characters of Elena, Stefan, and Damon?

  • Can you think of other songs that might be even better fits for the show?

Music details

For kids who love to rock

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