A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Let Her Go," the breakout hit single from British singer-songwriter Passenger, is a warm and heartfelt ballad about not appreciating what we have until it's gone. The lyrics are nonthreatening and relatable and perfect for kids of all ages, especially for fans of other acoustic troubadours such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
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What's the story?
LET HER GO was released as the second single of British folk-rocker Passenger's 2012 album All The Little Lights. Following solid exposure from a huge tour with teen heartthrob Ed Sheeran, "Let Her Go" went seriously viral and catapulted Passenger to international fame and chart success.
Is it any good?
The song is built around lead singer Mike Rosenberg's strong, nasally voice and rich, finger-plucked acoustic guitar. Adding Gotye-like layers are a keyboard, understated drums, and violin, giving the track a nice, full sound. The lyrics aren't exactly profound, but they're universal and broad enough to be seized upon by heartsick tweens and teens. The music video simply uses footage from a performance to add a human face to the interesting voice on the recording.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how difficult it can be to let the past go, especially in the realms of friendship and relationships. Do you think music can help listeners explore their own feelings in a new way?
Despite the increasing use of electronic instruments and synthesizers in pop music, there always seems to be a market for the simple sound of the human voice and an acoustic guitar. What do you think makes this combination so powerful and enduring?
Passenger had existed as a relatively unknown band for almost 10 years before suddenly topping charts in 16 countries based off one viral smash hit video. How has the Internet changed the way fame is achieved?