Sigh No More

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pensive alt-rock album is clean but dark at times.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Like the messages in a lot of alternative music, those included here are more pensive than positive or negative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The thoughts and actions in these songs aren't overwhelmingly positive or negative -- just representative of the self-discovery process that most young adults go through.


Though specific acts of violence aren't mentioned, many of these songs reference death and dying.


A few references to kissing.


The song "Little Lion Man" includes a couple mentions of "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that lyrically, Sigh No More is similar to many alternative rock and pop records: it doesn't include a lot of swearing (just a few mentions of "f--k" in one song) or graphic references to adult topics like sex and substance use, but its thoughtful lyrics are deeper than those of the average album. For example: "Darkness is a harsh term, don't you think? / And yet it dominates the things I see." The record has a melancholy feel and occasionally mentions death/dying.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytolkien geek mi March 9, 2014

Teens and Up

So, Mumford and Sons has taken a lot of flack for including the f word in their song "Little Lion Man." As a fan of the band, I decided to do some res... Continue reading
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants March 25, 2011
Kid, 12 years old November 7, 2018

Amazing music!

I absolutely love this music! I can’t pick a favorite song from the album. Now, I know, one song (Little Lion Man) has f**k in it a few times. It is super easy... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byopalescent April 10, 2015


Beautiful album. Literally makes me cry every time I listen to it. For deep thinkers, definitely. Some kids might find it boring if they don't understand t... Continue reading

What's the story?

SIGH NO MORE is the debut album from British alt-rockers Mumford & Sons. The record follows the typical alt-rock lyrical formula -- not a lot in the way of swearing, sex, substance use, or violence, but many lyrics that touch on darker feelings and emotions. Impressionable young teens may find some of the moody lyrics depressing; thankfully several of these songs also include an element of hopefulness.

Is it any good?

Mumford & Sons' style is a refreshing take on the standard alt-rock sound, with an infusion of banjo, mandolin, and stand-up bass that give their songs a folksy, bluegrass feel. With the addition of some beautiful harmonies from the four band members, several of the tracks on this record stand to become strong break-out hits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the historic nature of many of Mumford & Sons' songs, like "Dust Bowl Dance," which alludes to a past era: "The young man stands on the edge of his porch / The days were short and the father was gone / There was no one in the town and no one in the field / This dusty barren land had given all it could yield."

  • What defines the alt-rock sound? Does this album fit the formula? How is it different?

  • Some of the songs here have dark themes or a melancholy vibe; do brooding songs affect your mood?

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