Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More 05/10/2009

October 12, 2009 by  

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It’s always said in music that bands should pay their dues and bide their time before they can reap the rewards of their hard work. A band who know this more than most are Mumford And Sons. They’ve been happy to remain on the fringes of popular music and let their fellow alt-folk troubadours bask in the glory of the pop world’s beacon.

Having played every grotty pub and run-down student union in the country, well nearly all, Mumford and Sons have built up a legion of devoted fans who have snapped up their limited edition early releases and revelled in their touching folk songs . Finally those well received singles are brought together for their début full length record Sigh No More

To say it is a deviation from what has already come before would be a lie. But that doesn’t matter. As Laura Marling and Fleet Foxes have proved in recent years, you do not have to be at the cutting edge of avant-garde music to make a great record. Marling’s lyrical deftness and ear for a harmony goes a lot further than La Roux’s pointy quiff and processed beats. And it’s with this sentiment that Mumford and Sons set about writing their first album Sigh No More.

Firmly set in the traditional alt-folk mould, Sigh No More comes complete with twanging banjos, rustic vocals and rousing horn sections, but by drawing upon the likes of Laura Marling for it’s narrative love stories and marrying them with the Pouges’ brash, raw aesthetic it manages to remain contemporary . It’s this contrast between the endearing moments of tracks such as Sigh No More and the more direct intensity of Little Lion Man and Dust Bowl Dance that gives the album its strength and depth.

Sigh No More is simply a lesson in great song writing. It bursts at the seems with melodies, endearing narratives and huge reaching choruses which see the folk band propelled into the company of the likes of the Arcade Fire. Much more than just a folk band, Mumford and Sons are something truly great.

[rating:5]

By Chris Cummins


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