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ALBUM TITLE/ARTIST LET GO AVRIL LAVIGNE

IN A NUTSHELL The 17-year-old Canadian skater girl, who’s been compared to Alanis Morissette, plays electric guitar and cowrote all the alt-rock-pop songs on her catchy, million-selling first album.

WILL KIDS WANT TO HEAR IT? Obviously. Let Go debuted in the top 10 and hasn’t budged, due to the hit ”Complicated.”

SEXUAL CONTENT She sings about being ”naked” and ”unprotected”…with her emotions.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL On ”Too Much to Ask,” she labels a boy ”lame” for choosing ”weed over me.”

VIOLENT CONTENT The feisty singer recalls how she ”beat the boys up” in her hometown on ”My World.”

OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE Only mild exple-tives, such as ”a — ” and ”damn.”

THE VERDICT Girls especially will relate to her teen-angst songs (boys are such jerks!) — and her ”Be yourself” credo.

APPROPRIATE AGES 12 & up

[ALBUM TITLE/ARTIST] HIGHLY EVOLVED THE VINES

[IN A NUTSHELL] Hot Aussie guitar-rock quartet (not to be confused with similarly named bands the Strokes and the Hives) who’ve been hyped as the musical love children of the Beatles and Nirvana.

[WILL KIDS WANT TO HEAR IT?] Kids are already down with the mosh-happy loser lament ”Get Free.”

[SEXUAL CONTENT] Only in the title track, when Craig Nicholls sings, ”If you feel low/You can buy love from a pay phone.”

[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] Guess what? A pay phone also comes in handy for buying ”blow”!

[VIOLENT CONTENT] A depressed reference to being ”…so down/I put my head around every noose I see.”

[OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE] Surprisingly, none.

[THE VERDICT] An album that rock-loving parents will be filching from their kid’s Walkman.

[APPROPRIATE AGES] 13 & up

[ALBUM TITLE/ARTIST] BY THE WAY/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

[IN A NUTSHELL] After nearly 20 years together, the SoCal funk-punk-metal-rock quartet haven’t lost their touch. Here they unleash their eighth album, the follow-up to their 1999 hit, Californication.

[WILL KIDS WANT TO HEAR IT?] Of course, it’s the Chili Peppers.

[SEXUAL CONTENT] The lyrics are so indecipherable (”Can I smell your gasoline/Can I pet your wolverine”), we can’t be sure.

[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] There’s a song about a junkie’s life and talk of getting high and being a ”pothead.”

[VIOLENT CONTENT] ”Can I get your hand to write on/Just a piece of leg to bite on” might qualify.

[OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE] No swearing. The seen-it-all sentiments will go over young heads anyway.

[THE VERDICT] The band’s almost an institution; and you want your ageist offspring to know that 40-year-olds can rock, right?

[APPROPRIATE AGES] 13 & up

[ALBUM TITLE/ARTIST] INTO YOUR HEAD BBMAK

[IN A NUTSHELL] The way-cute Britpop threesome release their sophomore disc, chockful of hooky, sing-along fare.

[WILL KIDS WANT TO HEAR IT?] Sure. And the first single, ”Out of My Heart (Into Your Head),” will stick in your head, too.

[SEXUAL CONTENT] A cheating boyfriend is caught (”I thought that you were working late/But that was when I made my first mistake”).

[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] These guys are more interested in romance.

[VIOLENT CONTENT] Feelings get hurt, and relationships die.

[OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE] Nope, none.

[THE VERDICT] Parents will feel relieved that their children are listening to such safe fare.

[APPROPRIATE AGES] All

[ALBUM TITLE/ARTIST] EVE-OLUTION EVE

[IN A NUTSHELL] The Philly rapper, who last year had a hit single — and won a Grammy — with No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani (”Let Me Blow Ya Mind”), reunites with producer Dr. Dre — and duets with Alicia Keys.

[WILL KIDS WANT TO HEAR IT?] Hip-hop fans certainly will, especially with guests like Snoop Dogg and Jadakiss.

[SEXUAL CONTENT] She reminisces about how her ex used to ”sex me” — but mostly Eve’s looking for respect and real love.

[DRUGS/ALCOHOL] ”Wish you could shoot me up in your veins,” she taunts. Mentions Ecstasy and hash.

[VIOLENT CONTENT] ”Argument” is a disturbingly real dramatization of a domestic fight.

[OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE] Pretty much from beginning to end, so the ”clean” version might be the way to go.

[THE VERDICT] Despite the language, it’s a terrific CD with a female-empowerment message that counteracts much of rap’s misogyny.

[APPROPRIATE AGES] 13 & up

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