Friday, November 20, 2009

Album of the Week: Mumford & Sons solid folk

Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More

I don’t usually care for bands with banjos, and I come across a lot of groups that have spent too much time watching O Brother Where Art Thou and not enough time writing great songs. UK band Mumford & Sons, despite touting banjos and looking like they’re ready to hop boxcars, don’t fall into that trap, as they’ve come up with one of the more solid set of tracks to be released this year. Sigh No More is chock full of singable, strummable songs that are for more successful than your usual skippable folk rock band due to a penchant for anthemic, Kings-of-Leon-ish hooks and ace, crisp production. And while the latter half of the album gets a bit sleepy, songs 1 through 7, with radio-ready “Little Lion Man,” rollicking “Winter Winds,” and the darker “White Blank Page” are barn-storming strong. O brother! A-

Mumford & Sons: White Blank Page (Live @ (from
from the album Sigh No More

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