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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Isolated lyrics advocate taking personal responsibility ("You can only blame your problems on the world for so long") and expose the vacuousness of some celebrities ("I've got a lot of friends who are stars, but some are just black holes"). Philosophical meanderings address life and death on "She's My Winona."

Objectionable Content

Stray mentions of prayer, monastic living, heaven, hell and the Holy Trinity are abstract at best and sometimes sound irreverent. F-words, promiscuity and drug use are as plain as day on "27." Another cut shouts "g--d--n." The cynical "Coffee's for Closers" repeatedly claims, "I will never believe in anything again." A cad takes advantage of a girl he doesn't like or respect on "Tiffany Blews." "W.A.M.S." also alludes to selfish sex with no commitment. The singer praises drugs for calming his nerves ("West Coast Smoker"), can't get enough Benzedrine ("20 Dollar Nosebleed") and may refer to cocaine in the line "I got a lot of friends stuck on Classic Coke" ("America's Suiteheart"). Elsewhere, a cheating man reflects on an affair ("Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet").

Summary Advisory

Is the hit single "I Don't Care" a profound critique of apathy, selfishness and superficiality, or is it an argument for it? Hard to tell. The ambiguity isn't helped by sexual references. That song is a microcosm of this CD, which is often indecipherable and clearly not worth the fallout when profanity, sex and drugs pop up.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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Episode Reviews

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Rating

Readability Age Range

Genre

PopPunk

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Performance

This gold release topped out at No. 8

Record Label

Island

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Released

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Adam R. Holz Bob Smithouser

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