Whisper War

 
Bouncy, nice-guy fun is self-absorbed.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Innocuous and self-absorbed; with an impressive density of clichés, but no particular message.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

"Baby, take it off...the Devil's language tastes of lust" is about as steamy as it gets.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One or two references to 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."

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:The Cab
Release date:April 29, 2008
Label:Decaydance
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheMaine April 21, 2011
age 11+
 

Tweens

It's a good album and a good band. Bounce is my favorite song
Parent of a 11 year old Written byTwoMommies July 31, 2009
age 13+
 

Borderline suggestive lyrics, I interpret them as sexualy charged.

I don't know who rated the lyrics, but they didn't listen very closely. The song Bounce is about sex, plain as day. 13 yes. 11 ? no. "And when you use your lips they better be on me" 'Liars turn me on" "I put bodies into motion/Keep this skin out in the open/Liars turn me on" are just a few of the lyrics I personally found borderline. And I'm pretty liberal with what I allow.
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Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byburymeinmmr December 13, 2008
age 13+
 

Cabulous

The Cab is an amazing band! I love this album, and I think that anyone who doesn't is crazy. The songs are awesome, and very danceable. Alex Deleon, the lead singer, has an incredible voice and clever lyrics.

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