Mumford and Sons
Sigh No More


3.0
good

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
September 21st, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that is only slightly above average

Mumford and Sons release their new album on Monday, so i figured it was time to review Sigh No More. Now, i used to have a huge amount of love for this debut album from the folk rockers, and would happily have 5'd it when it first came out. However, with experience comes wisdom, and i can give this a much more unbiased review now. This may not be as good as i initially thought, but it sure is slightly above average.

Kicking things off with the title track, we are gifted a very slow opening to a song with some very deep, meaningful lyrics. However, this song does not really get going until around the 1.50 mark, when it finally kicks off in a speedier manner, and this really suits the band, as they know how to play nice mid-paced folk numbers. The banjo thumping along in the background is the highlight of nearly every song on this album, and it is clear that Winston Marshall really does possess a lot of talent on his instrument.

The other standouts are The Cave, Dust Bowl Dance and Little Lion Man. Little Lion Man is the bands most well known song, and with good reason, being incredibly well written and having some beautiful vocals from Marcus Mumford. The Cave is another of the bands best known tracks, and has the most amazing lyrics from the album, with some real thought put into them and so many different interpretations possible that they are breathtaking. The banjo once again only adds to this song.

However, Dust Bowl Dance is the best song on here, hands down. The lyrics have a real aura of desperation to them that suits the music perfectly, which is a slow, mourning number, with some beautiful vocals from Mumford. However, as the song progresses, it picks up and just gets more and more intense and incredible. The instrumental work to this is gorgeous, having so much talent behind it that it is hard to take in at first listen. This song really is one of the most amazing songs in the genre, and it is very rare that a song like this comes along.

Unfortunately, for the most part, this album manages to be a consistent average. There is little variation throughout it, and songs such as White Blank Page and Winter Winds just come across feeling lazy, as though the band just went through the motions without trying to make them stand out from the rest of the album.

The vocal work is absolutely breathtaking on this album, throwing out the lyrics with everything from love to rage, and goes perfectly with the well written instrumentals in the background. Each member of this band knows exactly what they are doing, and they pull it off perfectly. Dust Bowl Dance is the best song on here, but all of the songs have solid vocal work and instrumentals , it is just that many of them come across as feeling half formed, and therefore this album is nothing more than slightly above average. 3/5



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ThroneOfAgony
September 21st 2012


3485 Comments


this band is complete shit

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19916 Comments


good job, pretty much agreed. pos'd

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johnnydeking29
September 21st 2012


9215 Comments


Meh, always found them very boring but a tiny bit moving

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sixdegrees
September 21st 2012


17190 Comments


good review. I don't like this band at all.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19916 Comments


agreed that when it first came out it sounded great (not a 5) probably a 4 but it became less exciting with multiple listens.

breakingthefragile
September 21st 2012


2961 Comments


I agree with this rating so much.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


4507 Comments


garbitch

Steoandnoodles
September 21st 2012


2832 Comments


Really nice review but I'm not much of a fan.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19916 Comments


people who say this band is complete shit or garbage are just trying to fit in.

The band was insanely popular until they broke into the mainstream and everyone started hating on them.

Steoandnoodles
September 21st 2012


2832 Comments


I honestly never liked them. Not that when I first heard their album I didn't think it was good but
it's like... it doesn't last. It's like a shot glass of liquid sugar melted into a very thin
record to me. =/

I get the appeal but it's not for me. The banjo breakdowns and emotional stampeding vocals... it does
nothing for me.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19916 Comments


Fair enough stereo. At least u gave it a 2.5 I just feel like giving it a 1 or saying the band is complete shit is an over statement.

Although I've heard much better folk...(Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, etc.)

amiritsuccumb
September 21st 2012


12 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't like this that much

Steoandnoodles
September 21st 2012


2832 Comments


Yeah, I mean, it goes without saying everyone on this site knows I'm a huge Fleet Foxes fan. Them and
Sam Amidon are my favourite contemporary folk artist (is Bon Iver still folk?)

And I'll say it again, Frontier Ruckus remind me way more of Mumford & Sons than Fleet Foxes but I
still like Frontier Ruckus' sound (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZdxIl4wCMU).

A 1 is ridiculous haha. I can't understand that. I appreciate them bringing something out but it's
just not for me. I need more subtly, you know?

amiritsuccumb
September 21st 2012


12 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fleet Foxes are so boring

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


19916 Comments


yeah in looking in the ratings I guess this doesn't even have very many 1 ratings.

Most the people saying the album is complete shit haven't even rated it and are just talking out their ass.

Steoandnoodles
September 21st 2012


2832 Comments


Folk music is exciting?

Personally, Fleet Foxes tick all the boxes for me. =)

Steoandnoodles
September 21st 2012


2832 Comments


Yeah, I'd agree with that. A 1 is incredibly harsh. It's still a catchy album at the end of the day.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 21st 2012


1477 Comments


Take out 'slightly above' and your summary nails it.

Decent review. Pos'd.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2012


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the new album is going to be actually be bad and i'll have to start defending these guys. people get way too worked up about them though.

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Lakes.
September 21st 2012


28368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're just riding the folk revival train

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