Mumford and Sons
Sigh No More


4.5
superb

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2009 | 278 replies | 14,127 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With banjo in hand, Mumford & Sons have created the debut album of the year.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

For too long the genre of folk and blues has been associated with the hill billy, finger picked guitar and straw in mouth kind of... well, folk. Though 2008/9 has emerged as the years that the stereotype of folk has been broken thanks to the large shift of music coming out of the west London scene. Brilliant albums from Noah and the Whale, indie songstress Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and now Mumford & Sons provide us with the fact that folk, blues and roots is once again becoming cool and fun to listen to. Sigh No More is the debut effort by Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane.

The opening and also title track, being almost an a cappella tune, ‘Sigh No More’ hits the spot perfectly. It slowly builds from its mellow beginnings into an almost danceable finish and puts goose bumps down your spine with the epic ending chorus, sending a good flow on message for the rest of the album as it follows this quite catchy and hook laden approach, such as the lead single, ‘Little Lion Man.’ Gathering almost a cult following in Australia, ‘Little Lion Man’ is a pop-ish track, though still featuring the key Mumford sound of the banjo and mandolin. Whilst the single has gained mainstream success, for the first time from these polite young humble people an expletive is thrown in over and over again through the chorus:

”But it was not your fault but mine,
And it was your heart on the line,
I really f--ked it up this time,
Didn't I, my dear?”


While they may be able to gain the mainstream following, that doesn’t keep Mumford from keeping the traditional folk like ballads flowing. ‘Awake My Soul’ is dreamily and soothingly sang by Marcus Mumford, and is probably the most beautiful track on the album, throwing in amazing one liners like, ”In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die / Where you invest your love, you invest your life”. The only real downside of Sigh No More is the dwindling of consistency in the last track, 'After The Storm' which seem to drag, and really add nothing new to the table making it almost boring. That being said, Mumford still capture your heart with their balladry and interesting lyrics, "You must know life to see decay/But I won't rot, I won't rot/Not this mind and not this heart."

Throughout the album you are hit with sorrowful ballads, knee slapping and danceable upbeat songs, and of course the key Mumford & Sons elements, Marcus’s incredible voice, which is embellished by the banjo, which fits just perfectly. In Sigh No More we are treated to ‘hoe-down’ perfection, discussing themes of love and beauty. Instead, like fellow folk musician Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), they don’t want to wither away in sorrow, so Mumford & Sons have packed their album with catchy, hook filled and danceable tunes that keep you listening over and over again.

Don’t worry about the page number or bookmark; these London boys are like an entirely secret chapter of mood-altering poetry.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I struggled writing this one. Album is cool though...

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

AtavanHalen
November 3rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Umm, Laura's album didn't come out in 2009.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I know... but you know what I mean.

AtavanHalen
November 3rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really.

Kiran
Emeritus
November 3rd 2009



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

have this but haven't listened yet!

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Get to it NOW!

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 3rd 2009



3765 Comments


Little Lion Man is such a great song, cool to see a review for this.

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, the video clip is a bit meh though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lk1wkbWI6I

Roach
November 3rd 2009



2149 Comments


idk if I want to listen to this.

upagainstthewall
November 3rd 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is fantastic, give it a listen Roach.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^ Damn straight.

Fugue
November 3rd 2009



7352 Comments


Nice review, now I have no reason not to check this out.

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yes, definitely check them out.

Fugue
November 3rd 2009



7352 Comments


Haha will do dude.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to see you followed my recommendation & reviewed this Dougie. It came out pretty well too. Big call saying this is the debut of the year (fun. is mine), but fair enough I guess. By the way, put a "the" before "debut" in the summary.

Oh & guess which chorus just found its way back into my head. Damn you Douglas.

AtavanHalen
November 3rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Debut of the year? Phwoarrr, La Roux

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks mate, will fix that little error, getting better at proof reading haha!

But yeah debut of the year = this > Yves Klein Blue > The Temper Trap

Not counting Paul Dempsey since I don't know, he already has a big enough fan base though SFK.

AtavanHalen
November 3rd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's his debut album though

Douglas
November 3rd 2009



9090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Very true. I might bump this up to a 4.5 soon.

Waior
November 3rd 2009



11445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love banjos.



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