(2010) Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons

... read moreEnglish folk outfit Mumford & Sons' full-length debut owes more than a cursory nod to bands like the Waterboys, the Pogues, and the Men They Couldn’t Hang. The group's heady blend of biblical imagery, pastoral introspection, and raucous, pub-soaked heartache may be earnest to a fault, but when the...

01:44′:43″ 25 Songs

Disk 1

1
Sigh No More
Mumford & Sons
3:28
2
The Cave
Mumford & Sons
3:38
3
Winter Winds
Mumford & Sons
3:40
4
Roll Away Your Stone
Mumford & Sons
4:24
5
White Blank Page
Mumford & Sons
4:14
6
I Gave You All
Mumford & Sons
4:20
7
Little Lion Man
Mumford & Sons
4:05
8
Timshel
Mumford & Sons
2:53
9
Thistle & Weeds
Mumford & Sons
4:50
10
Awake My Soul
Mumford & Sons
4:16
11
Dust Bowl Dance
Mumford & Sons
4:43
12
After The Storm
Mumford & Sons
4:08
13
Hold On To What You Believe
Mumford & Sons
4:06

Disk 2

1
Sigh No More (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:11
2
Winter Winds (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
3:48
3
Roll Away Your Stone (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:25
4
White Blank Page (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:13
5
I Gave You All (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:17
6
Awake My Soul (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:38
7
Little Lion Man (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:15
8
Thistle & Weeds (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
5:38
9
Timshel (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
3:22
10
The Cave (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
4:00
11
Dust Bowl Dance (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
5:30
12
Feel The Tide (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire)
Mumford & Sons
3:41
Released 01 January 2010, ℗ 2010 Mumford & Sons, under exclusive license to V2 Records International Ltd. T/A Cooperative Music

Review

English folk outfit Mumford & Sons' full-length debut owes more than a cursory nod to bands like the Waterboys, the Pogues, and the Men They Couldn’t Hang. The group's heady blend of biblical imagery, pastoral introspection, and raucous, pub-soaked heartache may be earnest to a fault, but when the wildly imperfect Sigh No More is firing on all cylinders, as is the case with stand-out cuts like "The Cave," "Winter Winds," and "Little Lion Man," it’s hard not to get swept up in the rapture. Like their London underground folk scene contemporaries Noah & the Whale, Johnny Flynn, and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons' take on British folk is far from traditional. There's a deep vein of 21st century Americana that runs through the album, suggesting a healthy diet of Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Blitzen Trapper, and Marah. That melding of styles, along with some solid knob-twiddling from Arcade Fire/Coldplay producer Markus Dravs, helps to keep the record from completely sinking into the quicksand of its myriad slow numbers -- tracks like "I Gave You All," "Thistle & Weeds," and "After the Storm" are pretty and plain enough, but they neuter a band this spirited. Sigh No More is an impressive debut, but one that impresses more for its promise of the future than it does its wildly inconsistent place in the present. ~ James Christopher Monger