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"Little Talks" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Clean, danceable pop-rock from rising Icelandic superstars.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The lyrics are about letting go of a lost love. Optimistically, the song promises that despite life's uncertainty, "this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song advises a path of reconciliation and acceptance of the past, even when you still feel haunted by "an old voice."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Little Talks" is a bubbly indie-pop gem likely to get hands clapping and bodies shaking. Similar to other eclectic folk groups like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men offer accessible, heartfelt songs with a "Kumbaya"-campfire compatibility that makes them a great band for kids and adults alike. There's no iffy material here, but the theme of letting go of a lost love is more suited for tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarie P. December 4, 2017

Not what is expected.....

Not what I'd expect from light hearted music.
Parent of a 12 year old Written byJWilliams303 March 27, 2013

Such an amazing song from an amazing band

When I heard this song on the radio, I fell in love with it and would always hope that they would play it again on the radio sometime soon so I could hear it ag... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013

Good job!

I like this rock ballad. It tells about a lost love. You can dance along to it, and it happens to be really, really catchy.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySnowdrifter March 29, 2013

Warning! Overprotective parents ahead.

I saw some parents saying that "ship" sounded like sh**. I also noticed somebody said that Icelandic people shouldn't be able to say ship because... Continue reading

What's the story?

Icelandic six-piece band Of Monsters And Men broke out in 2011 with "LITTLE TALKS," this bright and fun indie-rock dance party single about confronting the ghosts of an old relationship. Sounding somewhere between a stripped-down version of Arcade Fire and a more energetic incarnation of The XX, the track is in line with many of the radio-friendly, semi-anthemic hits dominating the charts and airwaves at the moment, featuring organic arrangements with catchy choruses and relatable lyrics.

Is it any good?

While this band may not sound particularly unique or innovative, they do what they do well, delivering a warm and energetic power-ballad that'll stay stuck in your head and have you humming the tune all day. While teens who are into more intellectual lyrics may have to look elsewhere (try Neutral Milk Hotel or Bright Eyes), this song has a lot of mass appeal while managing to come off as relatively hip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about current trends in folk and pop, including the Grammy recognition of British superstars Mumford & Sons. Why do you think this clean, positive, singer-songwriter style is so resonant right now, particularly considering the parallel rise of electronic music?

  • What makes a song or band stand out and become a commercial success? Why do you think this song has struck such a chord with audiences, propelling the group to international fame?

Music details

For kids who love contemplative pop

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