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