Common Sense Media says

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





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.


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

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

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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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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. 

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?


  • 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 those were troll (or "fake") reviews. One review gave the Album 1 star, and didn't even write a real review. Another gave it 1 star and called it "musical mindlessness", which I'll talk about later. The one that angered me the most, though, was from reviewer Dan G. who says: [quote/]There is no reason that children's music needs such vulgarity.[end quote/] There is nothing in this album that the average 10 year old doesn't hear every day. As a high-schooler, more immature and puerile comments are made every 10 seconds than they are in this entire album. Does the band curse? Yes, I think the f-word is uttered 3 times, to be exact. That doesn't matter. Like I said before, there aren't even 10 year-olds that don't hear that word every day at school, much less 13 year-olds that can't handle it. Anyone who denies that must fact be blind to the fact that the public school system, sadly, is not living up to the moral standards that it should be (but what do you expect when you get a group of predominantly immature teenagers around?). Now that my rant is over, I'll write the actual review. This album is great. Period. I don't say anything is "great" usually. The only other album I remember describing as great is Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, by The Beatles. The album is a masterpiece lyrically. Each song is filled with, somehow, intricately dark and twisted, yet encouraging and uplifting lyrics. The album starts with the song it got it's name from, "Babel", which is a catchy, rather violent (musically, not lyrically) song. The album only get's better from there, with the popular "I Will Wait". I won't describe the rest of the songs for you, but the highlights, for me at least were "Babel", "I Will Wait", and "Broken Crown". I strongly recommend you ignore other's reviews, and enjoy this lyrical treasure yourselves. 4/5, or 8/10. P.S: I would break this up into proper paragraphs, but Common Sense Media doesn't allow that, for some nonsensical reason.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 6, 2012


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
Teen, 15 years old Written byjb321678 February 20, 2013

A very thoughtful album that makes a bold statement.

It seems, Mumford and Sons just somewhat came out of nowhere (well at least for me). After hearing I Will Wait and The Cave, I knew that I was a fan. Especially, after exploring the messages from the brilliant song, I Will Wait. After listening, I realized that if anything, it's a worship or praise song. For example in one line it states, "Raise my hands Paint my spirit gold And bow my head Keep my heart slow". I'm not too sure about you, but to me it sounds a lot like he is pleading to his god to give him the help he needs. I'm not saying Marcus Mumford is a christian but to me, that song has a special place in my heart. As I continued on with the album, seems felt pretty spiritual. With references like "Serving the Lord" and "Lord forgive of all my sins" I felt that Mumford and Sons had a point to get at. Mumford and Sons definitely has some deep spiritual beliefs and they make it clear with Babel. Even with the four F-bombs dropped in Broken Crown, I still felt like my heart was being attracted and pulled to something bigger and better than me and man, that is quite amazing. Ignoring the few utters of F***, Mumford and Sons has made a statement that is spiritual and beautiful.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing


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