Up in the Attic

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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AAF's third release doesn't break any new ground.

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Positive Messages

Veers wildly between sensitive and bleak views of life and relationships.


A couple of songs might be interpreted as being about violence and/or suicide.


The word f--k is used once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the word "f--k" is used once, and that there's some dark imagery that some might interpret as being about suicide and/or violence.

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What's the story?

Even an alt-metal band that has sold millions of albums can hit hard times, and Alien Ant Farm has had more than its share in the last few years, including a deadly tour bus crash and the folding of their record label. But the human spirit has a way of persevering, and AAF sets out to prove that point on UP IN THE ATTIC. Strong, spirited performances carry the day and contrast slightly with the spirit of the lyrics, which touch on some pretty bleak subject matter. Songs cover relationship problems, pain, and depression, and some could be interpreted as being about suicide and/or violence. The word f--k is used once, but there isn't enough profanity to warrant a \"Parental Advisory\" sticker.

Is it any good?

The band gets back to its rock 'n' roll roots with their former producer, Jim Wirt, and although none of the material breaks new ground, fans will find this album familiar and satisfying. Given that Alien Ant Farm has overcome some tragic circumstances, some degree of caution or cynicism on their part might be viewed as appropriate. Fans will certainly appreciate the band's "back to basics" approach in Up in the Attic, and root for them and their hard-won return to rock.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how outside factors can affect a band's career, and how you can carry on in the face of adversity. In the case of Alien Ant Farm, a tour bus crash and record label problems (as well as a personnel change) seem to have slowed -- but not stopped -- the group's trajectory. How does your family handle difficult challenges?

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