Sigh No More :: Mumford and Sons :: Album Reviews
Sometimes in life we fall in love hard and fast, and at that ever lauded “at first sight“, or in the case of music, at first listen. Other times, though, we take a bit more time to come around and take the fall. It doesn’t make the love any less real, it just needs a little bit of persistence until it finally hits you. Mumford and Sons were one of those grow to love bands, and Sigh No More sat unnoticed until I finally gave it a spin, paid attention, and let myself fall.
I fell hard.
The title song, Sigh No More, that starts it all off is a melodic introduction that lulls you in. It is dreamy, apologetic, a little bit desperate, and a whole lot genuine. The music builds slowly, the lyrics become more certain, the vocal harmony grows stronger and as it expands I swear I feel my heart speed up a beat or two each time I listen. The Cave follows close behind with its visceral language and street-wise sounds; it is impossible not to move, and be moved, by this song. Little Lion Man, the first single from the album, is full of ripped open passionate emotion that cannot be ignored. All of that anger and regret bouncing around in a catchy melody that gets under your skin (trust me, you will be catching yourself singing about “biting your own neck” in the grocery store before you know it, I did).
There is a melancholic tinge to every turn of phrase in all of the songs, but its not full of soggy sadness at all, on the contrary the lyrics are lit on fire, rough and full of sharp edges. This is not an album for those with faint heart and delicate natures. And, I’m of the opinion that this is not for the naive listener either. These stories seem to be the confessions of someone who has lived and loved, succeeded and fucked up, fallen and risen again. This is real and raw music and songwriting, especially in the language used – but this is also beauty so intense it almost hurts to listen to.
It will pull you in, if not at first listen, eventually. As I said, I fell hard for this album and I’m pretty sure that love isn’t going away any time soon.