A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?