In the Post #24: Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More

By on Wednesday, 16th September 2009 at 2:00 pm

Mumford and Sons (album cover)Mumford and Sons are just one part of the London folk-clique which has also turned out the likes of Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale (whose new album we just happened to review last week) over the past couple of years. Following on from the success of their first three E.Ps, next month shall see the quartet finally release their complete debut album, ‘Sigh No More’.

Perhaps what makes Mumford and Sons stand out from the rest of their fellow city folksters is the fact their music takes on an extremely endearing nostalgic sound. Taking tips from American-rooted bluegrass, the quartet’s music radiates a real warmth with a complimentary ‘Southern’ twang. To label this band the British Fleet Foxes would be an understatement – heck, it would be incorrect, even. While the band often take on those similarly operatic harmonies as the Foxes (check out ‘Sigh No More’ and ‘Timshel’), Mumford and Sons’ music sounds, well, a whole lot more genuine. The band don’t just stick to plain ol’ acoustics, but revel in the country-twang of banjo, dobros, and the hearty-thuds of double bass when building their Carter Family-esque soundscape. They are incredibly cheery and uplifting – listen to the Irish-folk of ‘Winter Winds’. It’s just impossible for this homely, rich music to not put a smile on your face.

Frontman Marcus Mumford possesses a real-roughly textured voice, which is perfectly matched for the band’s foot-stomping music. ‘Roll Away Your Stone’s’ banjo-explosion is an absolute joy to listen to. ‘White Blank Page’ and ‘I Gave You All’ may start out like cliché acoustic ballads, yet the Sons manage to pull them back into their glorious world of bluegrass by swiftly injecting wholesome instrumental and vocals back into the tracks. Similarly, while ‘Little Lion Man’ may have lyrics fit for a rubbish indie song (“It was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line, I really f***ed it up this time, didn’t I dear?”), the Americana vibes penetrating from the track still make it a folk-fan’s dream.

It’s odd to think that Mumford and Sons are just four young lads from London, rather than a group of Texas musical-making hillbillies. Really, readers, I defy you to not want to put on a check shirt and rodeo the night away throughout this whole album. Admittedly, Mumford and Sons’ nostalgic bluegrass may not be for all – but boy, you can’t deny they do a good job of it. Some may find the band’s sound uninteresting, nor particularly innovative, but if you appreciate music, you should appreciate this album.

Mumford and Sons‘ debutalbum, Sigh No More, is out on October 5th. Pre-order from Amazon now

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7:03 pm
18th September 2009

If anyone wants to pick up one of the special edition CDs for their new best friend from Canada (that’d be me), that would be swell. Lucky UK folks!

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