Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

I really should have mentioned this quite lovely album when I got it back in October, but as I simply wasn’t in the posting mood back then, I didn’t. Well, as you may have noticed, I’m back in the posting mood, so here we go. Mumford & Sons are a London band who first caught my ear when I heard Little Lion Man one evening on 6Music. It was one of those songs that immediately lodged itself in my brain, but as I was doing at least one other thing at the time[1], I didn’t catch the announcement of useful little details like artist and title. But it was played quite a few more times over the following days and weeks, and at some point I managed to recall the band name.

And so, when the album came out, I bought it from some download service or other[2], played it a few times and totally fell in love with it. If you’ve been watching the excellent new series of Being Human, you’ll have heard the opening track Sigh No More recently, and it’s a nicely representative track. Instruments are acoustic, and include banjo-like equipment, but please don’t let that put you off, it sounds quite lovely. It’s music that’s full of passion and power, and sounds like they really mean it, and that has to be a Good Thing.

Here’s the video for Little Lion Man, a lovely song with the best use of what I will politely refer to as the F word[3] since ‘Til Tuesday’s quite beautiful Believed You Were Lucky[4]

But there’s much more to love on this album, like Winter Winds, with its regret-filled chorus:

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no
This time no”

Wonderful stuff.

[1] Ironing, if memory serves
[2] I generally switch between iTunes, Amazon and 7Digital based on a complicated formula which can be summarised as “who’s cheapest for this one?”
[3] I’ve no idea why I do that when I’m typing. It’s not as if I’m bothered about saying it…
[4] Another band you should all know about, so there.