Babel

Common Sense Media says

Folk-rock darlings cut another pensive, mostly clean album.

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What parents need to know

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

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

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk 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?

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  • 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

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Parent Written byDan G. October 12, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

I would never give my kids music with the F word in it.

There is no reason that children's music needs such vulgarity.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byKennyLogginsFan October 19, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

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, this would be it. It just blows.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 6, 2012
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13
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babel

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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