A few ingredients seem eternal when cooking up some music, like a good pulse, fresh harmonies, and the strength of an elevated chorus. Mumford and Sons sprinkle on a more than suitable amount of these things with Sigh No More
, a collection of uplifting, dazzling folk-pop tunes that is anything but sigh inducing. Mumford and Sons, like the name suggests, are a very proper bunch of Englishman who all descend from an aristocratic background (or are rumored to have come from such settings). The rumor fits; they really do excel at sounding like gentlemen even when cathartically shouting about having "f*cked it up this time". Quite the contrary, the popularity of the record and the band's live show suggest they got it right.
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Concert: Mumford and Sons Live at Music Hall Of Williamsburg
MP3: "Little Lion Man"
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