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
9. Thistle & Weeds
10. Awake My Soul
11. Dust Bowl Dance
12. After The Storm
They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the
might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the
warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men. With each release, the music
of Mumford & Sons got brighter, bolder and brawnier, with an increasing focus on their empassioned and
intimate lyrics. “What we write about is real, and we sing and play our instruments more passionately cos
we feel like we need to. We love honest music,” says Winston.
Then came the time to record their debut album – and then came the extraordinary producer who wanted
to work with them. Markus Dravs recorded Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, Björk's Homogenic and The
Maccabees' Wall of Arms, and he saw similar crossover potential in the Sons. He took them to the
legendary Eastcote Studios where Arctic Monkeys, Brian Eno, Tindersticks and Laura Marling have honed
their music on its vintage equipment; made the band buy good instruments; set them a daily routine; and
encouraged them to try and work even more instinctively, to strengthen their already-powerful musical
personality. "He wanted us just to sound like us", explains Ben. "He talked about us working on our
music's most jubilant and melancholic moments, and make them even more evocative. And over those
four weeks, everything came together.”
Review by Scott Kara in The Herald:
Rating: * * * *
The Brits have had a love affair with American bands like Kings of Leon and Fleet Foxes and now, in
Mumford & Sons, they might just have a folk country rock band to proudly call their own. Band leader and
songwriter Marcus Mumford's voice moves between a croaky country lilt and a tortured and over-wrought
style similar to Finn Andrews of the Veils. And musically the British band are like a mix of Kings of Leon and
Grizzly Bear, the wistful beauty of Fleet Foxes, with a sound rooted in the thigh-slapping tradition of folk.
Yet there is nothing copycat about these four friends who formed out of the London underground folk scene
three years ago and who share a love of country, bluegrass and folk.
The beautiful Winter Winds has a wandering gypsy-folk mood thanks to the mix of regal brass and carefree
banjo playing; Roll Away Your Stoneand Little Lion Man escalate into rollicking guitar, banjo and dobro-
driven yarns; and I Gave You All is an all-in chorale-like lovelorn tune. At first, songs like The Cave come
across as dark, with Mumford reeling off a steady serenade about nooses, necks, and choking, but as with
much of the album, hollering lyrics like "I'll find strength in pain" and the joyous instrumentation give it an
uplifting and almost celebratory tone. If anything, Mumford & Sons are still a little earnest, but they are
anything but hick and hokey.
“A band who know they're onto something not just good, but spectacular”– NME
“An album that delivers everything…Classy stuff” – The Fly
“Magical stuff” – The Sunday Times
“Mumford & Sons have that knack for playing the most vital of instruments, the heartstrings.” – The
“Genuinely splendid” – The Observer
“Barnstorming…their four voices sound as one unstoppable force, brushing aside anything in its path” –
“Meet your new favourite band” – Zoo
“The only ones to watch” – FHM
“Fantastic” – London Lite
This is a very popular CD, and rightly so. Songs were recommended to me by a friend and I found myself entranced by them, as most other members of my generation seem to have become as well. Honestly though, I didn't like all the songs on the album. Some didn't do it for me at all! But I have three favourites which I really love and listen to a lot. I think other people liked more of them than me. Either way it's recommended especially "The Cave" which has lovely music and fantastic lyrics.
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