Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Folk-rock darlings cut another pensive, mostly clean album.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some melodramatic lyrics are interspersed with an overall sense of keeping a positive outlook on life: "When I’m on my knees, I’ll still believe."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The band members have done a good job of keeping their private lives out of the spotlight.


A few semi-morbid lines about blood spilling: "And broken glass ... saw the blood run from my veins."


A couple of uses of the word "f–-k" in the song "Broken Crown."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that Babel is a lot like many alternative albums: While its lyrics are somewhat cryptic and emotional, they are very light on graphic content. Aside from a couple of instances of the word "f––k" in one song and a few obscure lines about spilled blood, the record includes no explicit references, making it a great pick for thoughtful teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytolkien geek mi March 9, 2014

Mostly Clean

Mumford and Sons is a great band. They're good musicians, they have mostly uplifting lyrics, and they don't depend on racy videos to make their songs... Continue reading
Parent Written byKennyLogginsFan October 19, 2012

Mumford and Puns

I simply cannot recommend this album. This album suffers not from lyrical offensiveness, but from musical mindlessness. If satan and kings of leon made an album... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byjdog97 August 26, 2013

I normally don't review anything on this site, but...

I had too, because the other reviews by some of the adults were making me surprisingly angry. I don't know if those people were actually being serious, or... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStardust3178 December 20, 2018

I love Mumford & Sons

It is so good!
Only one song says the f word, but that's not that a big deal because iTunes and Spotify do not have it as explicit.

What's the story?

BABEL is the much-anticipated second album from British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons. Following the success of their multiplatinum debut record, Sigh No More, their second album finds the quartet following the same successful formula –– with lots of discussion of love, pain, joys, and sorrows in these 12 songs.

Is it any good?

Mumford & Sons' signature sound -- beautiful harmonies backed by rapid-fire banjo -- is back in these tracks. With some equally lovely mandolin, cello, violin, and other instruments thrown into the mix, the album is clearly a musical cut above typical folk-rock. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how bands like Mumford & Sons use their songs to explore complex emotions. Do you understand many of the cryptic thoughts and messages?


  • What do you think the band means by the line "So when your hope is on fire but you know your desire / Don't hold a glass over the flame, don't let your heart grow cold"?

  • Has music ever helped you cope with hard feelings? How?

Music details

  • Artist: Mumford & Sons
  • Release date: September 24, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Glassnote
  • Genre: Folk
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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