Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More…album review!

Posted: 17th April 2011 by refrainmusic in Albums

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

So as I listened to Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, for the first time I was puzzled…what are these guys?  Are they folk, country, rock, pop, celtic…what am I listening too here?  I mean, there’s guitars, piano, a stand up base, a trumpet, a banjo (yes I said a banjo) all from four British musicians.  I also want to emphasize ‘musicians’ with these four wildly talented Brit’s that play the nuts and bolts off their instruments.

It’s odd, this album debuted two years ago in 2009 and only now is making its ‘across the pond’ and rapidly gaining popularity. Assisting in this popularity was a fantastic performance on the “Grammys” opening, and many saying, performing better than the ever famous Bob Dylan.  I think that when I played this disc for the first time I listened to it three times from beginning to end, I couldn’t stop, it was that good.  The song progressions can be somewhat predictable in their build up from slow to fast, sometimes maniac fast, but it’s wrapped around harmonies that absorb you into the song and keep you safe through the craziness.  Speaking of harmonies, these brit boys have harmonies in spades, imagine walking into a british pub and staring through the haze of a smoke filled room not being able to see the band to hear a song like “Timshel” rise up from the other side of the room wrapping you in its harmonious elixir.

Marcus Mumford and his band mates Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane are four young guys from West London  that have all paid their dues playing in the background for other groups, opening for other artists tours and finally, after several EP’s releasing Sigh No More in 2009.  Likely their biggest hit on this side of the water has been “Little Lion Man” is one of those crazy tunes that slowly picks you out of your chair and get’s you clapping your hands and stomping along.

From songs that make you stomp your feet, to make you swoon in harmonic ecstasy, songs that make you think and songs that make you want to find the nearest pub and have a drink.   If you like, music, musicians, and great stories…pick up this album and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  1. Sigh No More
  2. The Cave
  3. Winter Winds
  4. Roll Away Your Stone
  5. White Blank Page
  6. I Gave You All
  7. Little Lion Man
  8. Timshel
  9. Thistle & Weeds
  10. Awake My Soul
  11. Dust bowl Dance
  12. After The Storm

4.5 / 5