Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More

Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More

I don’t profess to be any kind of music expert…I do, however, know what I like.

The last time I was impressed with a new band I wrote a blog post, and I will do the same for this band. The band I’m referring to is Mumford and Sons, and the album is Sigh No More (as stated in the title).

I was going to try to be poetically descriptive of what I thought this band was, but they’ve already done it in much better form than I could hope to do (on their website), so below is what I think…just penned in a better way:

…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

Bottom line, I love it. I think I’ve listened to the album about 1,000 times, in fact, I’m listening to as I write this. It’s also prompted me to pick my dusty old guitar up again. For me, it’s the passion that they put into their songs. You can tell that they play because they just love to play. Their music doesn’t sound like they were looking to make it big, it sounds like they just love what they do. I love the lyrics in their songs and I love the stories that they tell.

This album has helped me through many a rush hour through Toronto traffic, it will help me get through many more rush hours in Toronto traffic and for that I am eternally grateful.

The whole album is fantastic. If you were to ask me to pick my favourite song, I would tell you it was Little Lion Man. Then, I would remember parts of Dust Bowl Dance, change my mind and then tell you THAT was my favourite song. Then, I would remember parts of Thistle & Weeds, change my mind again, then tell you THAT was my favourite song. I think you see where I’m going with this. I love all the songs on this album, all for different reasons. This album takes me on a roller-coaster. At times I feel like I’m in the middle of the ocean, then I feel like I should be stomping my foot in the pubs in Halifax all of a sudden to be pulled into a trance from the amazing guitar work. If you like, and have a moment or two I’ve included the track list and their links to iTunes:

The Cave – iTunes
Little Lion Man – iTunes
Winter Winds – iTunes
Awake My Soul – iTunes
White Blank Page – iTunes
Dust Bowl Dance – iTunes
Sigh No More – iTunes
Thistle & Weeds – iTunes
Roll Away Your Stone – iTunes
Timshel – iTunes
After the Storm – iTunes
I Gave You All – iTunes

Clicking any of those links should bring you to an iTunes page where you can preview all the songs. Feel free to support to this band. In fact, please support them so they can continue creating their music for us to enjoy!

If you do purchase this album, or already have it, feel free to let me know which song you love from the album.

Happy listening!

  • zoeDisco

    great post james! I get that feeling too…just wanting to be in a pub with good friends and this band playing.nnI think it’s especially good since there is so much crappy music out there. It’s rare that a band come out with an album where ALL of the songs (from start to finish) are worth listening to.nnz

  • James Holmes

    I think if they ever come this way again that we should make our way out to see them. Whaddya think?