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 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.
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