"Little Talks" (CD Single)

 
Clean, danceable pop-rock from rising Icelandic superstars.

What parents need to know

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

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

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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.

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Of Monsters And Men
Release date:February 20, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Universal Republic
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous March 26, 2013
age 18+
 

Language Innuendo needs to stop. Not for kids.

The Language where they said the word Ship. The Trick is that the word comes out to be S**t. They hide the word for the word Ship. Not for Kids & Change the radio if you can.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bySnowdrifter March 29, 2013
age 2+
 

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 it sounds like sh**. That could come across as offensive, just saying. They don't mean sh**. They mean ship. The lyric is: "Though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore." Ship makes a bit more sense, am I right? Yes. Also it's not indie pop. It's more folk rock, ish. Oh yeah, letting go of a lost love is NOT something that kids need to be shielded from. In fact, it should be something that should be discussed. If a loved one dies, is the kid going to understand? Not really. A young child is probably not going to get what the lyrics mean anyway. Of Monsters and Men = best band ever.
Teen, 13 years old Written bypoohfan11 December 22, 2013
age 10+
 

Good song

Very good song, great lyrics and great music.
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013
age 8+
 

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.
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