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 MTV band's sound is perky and clean, except for their apparent delight in using the word "s--t" in both expletive and scatological references. Otherwise, these self-described "punk pop" practitioners come across as much more pop than punk, and far less cynical than they imagine.
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What's the story?
Despite the occasional use of the \"s--t\" and \"f--k,\" Cobra Starship's lyrics are as perky as their overall sound, and bubble-gum production standards make them sound cleaner than probably intended. Though the songs fall short of living up to the potential of their provocative and clever titles (\"One Day, Robots Will Cry,\" Kiss My Sass,\" Pleasure Ryland\"), they're dance-party friendly and fun.
Is it any good?
Competent if slightly squeaky, Cobra Starship's vocals are strongest on harmony and gang singing -- and luckily, there's a lot of both on VIVA LA COBRA. Synthesized instrumental tracks leave plenty of room in the mix for the band's vocals to be heard loud and clear, even if they don't have all that much to say. The album's dismal low point is a ridiculous disco-tinged cover of "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady" -- a good one to skip on your downloads.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Cobra Starship's first big break in the soundtrack to the movie Snakes on a Plane. Can you think of any other groups who got attention when their songs were included in movies? The group's insistence on frequent use of "s--t" seems inconsistent with their bubble-gum sound. Do you think they imagine themselves to be tougher than they appear to others?