A couple years back, I listened to Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” album a grillion times. It didn’t leave my car’s CD player for weeks. When “Babel” came out, I listened to it not as much, maybe only a half-grillion times (scientists are still unsure what to name a half-grillion, so it remains “half-grillion” to this day). So when a new Mumford & Sons album was announced, I was pretty fired up for it.
…until it was announced that there weren’t going to be any banjos and fiddles and what-not.
I was majorly bummed by the news. It made no sense. Their sound was what made them stand out, why throw that away? My whole world was crashing down. Well, not my whole world, but the Mumford & Sons part of it, anyway.
I decided to by it when it came out two weeks ago, just to see for myself. I listened to it that first time and made a lot of “blech” faces and tried to imagine what the songs would sound like with fiddles and mandolins. When it was done, I thought “Ugh. Well, I guess I better try it again to make sure.”
That was two weeks ago tomorrow and the CD hasn’t left my car’s player since. I’m not saying it’s great, and I’m not saying I wouldn’t prefer banjos et al, but it is enjoyable and I’m starting to sing along with some songs here and there. So take that for what it’s worth.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, it’s track #6 (“Monster”) that has the major cuss. I don’t know why they do that, but there it is.
Tags: Mumford & Sons
Written by: Mark