Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Music Poster Image
Edgy poetry with a fresh sound. Teens and up.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Honest portrayal of young men's machismo.

Violence

References to rumble-type violence and street fighting.

Sex

A little bit of innuendo, one reference to prostitution.

Language

A light sprinkling of four-letter words.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some references to underage drinking. Cover art glorifies cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some "wanna take it outside?" bad-boy posturing and there are references to drinking and fighting. The cover art features a man smoking.

User Reviews

Adult Written bytheemeraldgolem/ August 1, 2015

It's your choice.

Yes this song talks dirty but its about if you like the tune. I like the tune so I made the choice to listen to it.
Parent of a 12 year old Written by301TheAmazingSo... April 2, 2011

Wonderful indie/punk music!

The best CD of 2006. Original, fresh, fun, catchy... this album does so many things right! Great for kids/teens who love indie rock.
Teen, 15 years old Written bykxaly May 31, 2014

Favorite Band of All Time!

I love this band so freaking much! They have a great sound and great lyrics. Common Sense doesn't have a review for their newest album 'AM'. So I...
Teen, 14 years old Written byStoic-Demon August 5, 2014

Wonderful Band!

For parents who are concerned about this band, yes it does have mild language, but it's WAY more appropriate for teens. From what I heard on the radio (son...

What's the story?

Imagine references to Shakespeare combined with \"let's get drunk and take it outside\" bad-boy posturing, sung over imaginative punk-infused instrumental tracks? In fact, that's exactly what UK sensation the Arctic Monkeys delivers in spades on WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT. The singing and playing on this CD are terrific and the production is excellent. But the real star is the songwriting: Edgy poetry about the real-life concerns of wild young men comes off as honest, unpretentious storytelling.\"No time for Montagues or Capulets/Just banging tunes and DJ sets,\" in \"Dancefloor\" is the track with a Shakespearean reference, but all the songs on this CD tell an evocative and visual story.

Is it any good?

The Arctic Monkeys deliver stunning performances -- and, ironically, it's the realism and flat-out honesty of these songs that may also raise some parental concerns. There are references to underage drinking and street fights, a de-romanticized portrait of prostitution, a sprinkling of four-letter words, and CD art that makes smoking look cool. Still, the songs are so well written and well performed that this is one album that's probably worth a little PC discomfort and family discussion. The music is just so darn good.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the wonderful songwriting. What makes these songs so visually evocative? Also, where do you draw the line between being honest and glamorizing bad behavior?

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