Thursday, 17 December 2009
Mumford & Son, Sigh No More (2009)
Pretty plucking good.
Note: ‘Man is a giddy thing’. I take this assertion, which is repeated several times in the first song, to be a deliberate gloss ironizing the many frankly wrongheaded assertions that follow—‘love will set you free’; ‘I’ll find strength in pain’—not to mention all the grandiose posturing (‘stars hide your fires/these are my desires’, ‘awake my soul!’). Too much of that can easily turn an album into sentimental mush, you know, no matter how cleverly pluck-played the guitars, how effortlessly the rhythm-section drives, how creaky-tuneful the vocalist’s pipes. Sigh No More stays on the windy side of the divide, I’d say; but it’s a close call.