sighnomore

The use of the word “authentic” has been bandied about ad nauseum regarding Mumford & Sons. Certainly, four English gentlemen could not make a genuine holy racket with banjos, mandolins and some rough acoustic strumming. Certainly they couldn’t be this earnest, this heartfelt and not be pulling our legs in some way or fashion. The truth here lies in the most obvious explanation. These four spirited dudes love what they do. They’re not waving a flag of any sort. They love the use of harmonies, acoustic guitar. The way their voices intertwine. This is about the charm of melodies you want to hear over and over (the smash hit “Little Lion Man,” and new single “The Cave”). The poignant moments in your life where things come to a head, despite yourself. Sigh No More is tender and brawny. The “authenticity” question needs to be reframed; especially as we witness the trend of electro-psych bands and their obtuse stardust and keyboard-augmented melancholy. Mumford & Sons, on the contrary, go for the jugular with Steinbeckian precision by holding the mirror and your internal dialogue up. These are graceful, indelible songs of joy and pain, longing and battle scars. With lines such as “In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die/Where you invest your love, you invest your life,” from “Awake My Soul,” begrudging and questioning this band and album’s intent just seems crass. If just one listen to Sigh No More isn’t enough to change the temperature in your room, perhaps you weren’t authentically paying attention. (Glassnote Records) –Carrie Alison

 
  1. [...] there was the release of the rootsy quartet’s superb debut album, Sigh No More on Tuesday, a rousing outing of hit single “Little Lion Man” on Late Night with [...]

  2. Does anyone know who was the photographer that did the cover?

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    zabatay Reply:

    @Francesco Gallarotti, It’s by Max Night from the Chess Club record label. The record label blog is here: http://chessclubrecords.blogspot.com/

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    zabatay Reply:

    @zabatay, It’s not a record label, I’m a dummy about that one, it’s a collective of sorts.

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  3. [...] now they’re tops from Tallahassee to Tacoma and everywhere in between. “Tender and brawny,” Sigh No More made the men of Mumford heirs to the Kings of Leon throne, and God bless ‘em — these [...]