Sigh No More

Performers Mumford & Sons

Gentlemen of the Road | October 24, 2011 | Compact Disc

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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 for the future than its wildly inconsistent place in the present. [A Deluxe Edition of Sigh No More was released in December 2010, and featured the original album, a second disc of 12 live recordings, and a DVD that included all three installments of the documentary "Gentlemen of the Road."] ~ James Christopher Monger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 24, 2011

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 3

Label Name: Gentlemen of the Road

UPC: 892038002381

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Sigh No More

Performers Mumford & Sons

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 24, 2011

Genre: Alternative

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 3

Label Name: Gentlemen of the Road

UPC: 892038002381


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Sigh No More --
2.Cave --
3.Winter Winds --
4.Roll Away Your Stone --
5.White Blank Page --
6.I Gave You All --
7.Little Lion Man --
8.Timshel --
9.Thistle & Weeds --
10.Awake My Soul --
11.Dust Bowl Dance --
12.After the Storm --
13.Hold on to What You Believe --
0.DISC 2: LIVE AT SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON: --
1.Sigh No More --
2.Winter Winds --
3.Roll Away Your Stone --
4.White Blank Page --
5.I Gave You All --
6.Awake My Soul --
7.Little Lion Man --
8.Thistle & Weeds --
9.Timshel --
10.Cave --
11.Dust Bowl Dance --
12.Feel the Tide --
0.DISC 3: GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD: --
1.Gentlemen of the Road, Pts. 1 - 4 --
2.Gentlemen of the Road, Pt. 2 --
3.Gentlemen of the Road, Pt. 3 --

Editorial Notes

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 for the future than its wildly inconsistent place in the present. [A Deluxe Edition of Sigh No More was released in December 2010, and featured the original album, a second disc of 12 live recordings, and a DVD that included all three installments of the documentary "Gentlemen of the Road."] ~ James Christopher Monger
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