Music Article

Parents' Guide

We analyze the content of new albums from Sisqo, 'N Sync, Faith Hill, No Doubt, and Pantera

Parents' guide to new music

Unleash the Dragon
SISQÓ

Who: One quarter of Baltimore-based hip-hop outfit Dru Hill
Musical Style: R&B meets T&A
Think: Marvin Gaye's ''Sexual Healing'' minus the soul
Recurrent Themes: Sex and love, in that order
Typical Lyrics: ''I'm thinkin' about the things that you did to me/Imagining your body movin' like a centipede''
Sex/Violence Content: This guy's all about unleashing that dragon.
Language: Explicit
What's Good About It: Dropping his playa facade, Sisqó wants to ''make it more than sexual.''
What's Not So Good: ''Thong Song'' may drive your teenage daughter to Frederick's of Hollywood.

No Strings Attached
'N Sync

BOLD "Who:"] Those guys up on your daughter's wall. No, the other ones.
Musical Style: Top 40, with a funky beat
Think: Backstreet Boys meet 98 Degrees meet LFO
Recurrent Themes: Puppy Love
Typical Lyrics: ''And I will take you in my arms/And hold you right where you belong''
Sex/Violence Content: Mildly suggestive
Language: Preteen friendly
What's Good About It: The boys serve as nonthreatening objects of affection.
What's Not So Good: Their misguided attempt to toughen up and go street rings false.

Breathe
Faith Hill

Who: Cover girl on the verge of diva-hood
Musical Style: Country, after a twang-ectomy
Think: Shania in twaining
Recurrent Themes: Love and heartbreak
Typical Lyrics: ''That's how love moves/Like a river running through you''
Sex/Violence Content: ''Let's Make Love,'' her duet with hubby Tim McGraw, is as randy as it gets
Language: No cussin' here
What's Good About It: ''Love Is a Sweet Thing'' is pure joy
What's Not So Good: The cheesecake CD photos

Return to Saturn
No Doubt

Who: So Cal party band fronted by punky, pink-haired Gwen Stefani
Musical Style: Ska's the limit
Think: A latter-day belly-baring Blondie
Recurrent Themes: Aging accompanied by fantasies of domestic bliss
Typical Lyrics: ''Makeup's all off/Who am I?/Magic's in the makeup/Who am I?''
Sex/Violence Content: None
Language: A parent-pleasing PG
What's Good About It: Five years older, they still R-O-C-K
What's Not So Good: At age 30, Stefani raises the ludicrous specter of spinsterhood

Reinventing the Steel
Pantera

Who: Ax-wielding Texas quartet
Musical Style: Metal to mosh by
Think: The construction workers drilling down the street
Recurrent Themes: Anger, futility, death
Typical Lyrics: ''They will tell you all about guilt/And in time you'll face the darkness/But darkness is a friend to you''
Sex/Violence Content: Not graphic, but plenty aggressive
Language: As hardcore as the music
What's Good About It: Your teens will eventually grow out of it.
What's Not So Good: They may go deaf first.

Originally posted Apr 21, 2000 Published in issue #536 Apr 21, 2000 Order article reprints
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