A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Witty and wonderful, Weezer is back with a batch of vivid new songs on -- is it their third? -- self-titled CD, differentiated by fans as \"The Red Album.\" Cynicism and sentiment, ballads and rockers, and lead vocals by all four band members add up to a rich, varied, and satisfying collection.
Is it any good?
Standouts are "Troublemaker," a song that will speak to any smart, underachieving teen who's every hoisted a backpack -- or a guitar. ("Put me in a special school 'cos I am such a fool/And I don't need a single book to teach me how to read…I will learn by studying the lesson in my dreams.")
The album's content pushes it just a little, with some quirky, hilarious lyrics about vandalism ("We'd drive around with hairspray and sharp knives looking for road kills/lighting things on fire for cheap thrills/stab the corpse and lick the knives like we're evil forces" on "Everybody Get Dangerous") and "getting in your underpants"-style innuendo. The deluxe version, which includes four extra tracks, is worth it for the group's cover version of "The Weight."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song "Troublemaker." Many bright, talented students have trouble in school and feel alienated and misunderstood. Do you think there are any skills these kids can learn in order to make the system work better for them? Also, do you think anyone listening to a song like "Everybody Get Dangerous" might misinterpret the messages about vandalism?