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 five members of The Cab make an effort to come across as nice guys. With a clean-cut image and an album of bouncy love songs, they're tween-safe and appealing.
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What's the story?
Take five perky kids from Las Vegas; add a little talent, a lot of luck, and some A-list connections (Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy); shake the whole thing up, and you've got The Cab -- a group with a dozen absolutely forgettable songs so sprightly and well-played it doesn't matter that they don't have all that much to say. The fun is in hearing Ian, Alex, Alex, Alex (yes, there are three of them!), and Cash have a blast playing and singing about pretty much nothing.
Is it any good?
The lyrics on WHISPER WAR are clean, though one song mentions drinking as a metaphor for attraction ("I need your attention/it's like the alcohol…your scent is the rum/the room is a bottle/keeping me hopeless until I wake tomorrow") and another urges "Baby, take it off" and goes on to describe "checkered thighs on a pretty pawn," whatever that is. Most of The Cabs' lyrics veer similarly between clichéd and nonsensical, so just enjoy the nice strong rhythm section and don't worry about singing along.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how everyone's connected in the music business these days. What are the benefits of collaborating with others? How can it devalue an album or an artist? Families can also talk about the use of clichés in pop music lyrics. "I'm up, down, spinning around/high and dry/and kicked to the ground/I'm lost and I'll never be found," for example. Can you think of a more original way to say the same thing?