I think I was meeting up with someone at the mall killing some time at the Barnes & Noble. Couldn’t find anything I couldn’t live without. Certainly nothing in the music department, and to this day, I still don’t understand how it makes money. The prices they charge for CDs isn’t even competitive. It’s like they’re trying to figure out a way to get rid of the department, but can’t see an exit strategy.
Cruising through the magazines, SPIN caught my eye with the headline, “Why American Folk Music Is Done Better By Four Guys From England”…or something to that effect. I glanced through the mag and found the name Mumford & Sons before I had to leave and meet up with friends.
At the time, I was going through a bit of an aural wander. Not really landing anywhere. Being more burnt out on what I had been listening to and grasping for things anew looking for something that I could latch on to and rediscover my love for music. I tried to stay away from what was popular or what I thought would be a flash in the pan. I wanted something, or someone, with staying power. I don’t think I was really listening to the radio at the time which may have been a blessing and/or a curse.
Maybe it was a heady wondering on why SPIN would put something about a folk band on the cover…I was looking for something really different that would either take me in a new direction or send me so far back into what I was listening to I would have little choice but to rediscover it. If you asked me what folk music sounded like I would have told you something about it dying out with John Denver and it was listened to people who liked Grateful Dead and argued over who had the better recipe for GORP.
I think it was late at night when I downloaded Sigh No More. Synced my iPod and headed to bed.
Took a listen to the title track, “Sigh No More” and thought, “OK…not bad, but I am not sure if it’s for me.”
Then the second track, and the third, and so on…and it was good. Really good. Four young lads from England and they were making American folk music better than the Americans (well, almost). I found myself repeating tracks as soon as I heard them. It was like making a connection, or inroad, to something that you didn’t completely understand or enjoy before, but you were starting to get it. I couldn’t tell you all there is to know about folk music artists, past or present, but I could tell you who I enjoy listening to.
One of the more enjoyable aspects to Sigh No More is the fact that you can listen to it from start to finish without feeling you have to skip tracks for them being to slow. Yes, there are some slower, ballad-type tracks but they are well-placed on the disc between the raucous, foot-stomping anthems.
|Sigh No More||3:28|
|Roll Away Your Stone||4:22|
|White Blank Page||4:13|
|I Gave You All||4:19|
|Little Lion Man||4:05|
|Thistle & Weeds||4:50|
|Awake My Soul||4:13|
|Dust Bowl Dance||4:41|
|After The Storm||4:08|