Mumford & Sons
Submitted by kb on 9 October 2012 - 2:53pm
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
You’ll know that Mumford & Sons are our latest sensation in the US and no-one on God's small earth surely predicted this when they were introduced to me on RadMac as the UK's Felice Bros. The success of album 1 means enormadomes and public V state chippiness and inevitable comparisons to Coldplay now that album 2 contains stadium-sized songs. And yet, Marcus Mumford can write an helluva tune: I Will Wait, Whispers in the Dark, Holland Road, Below my Feet all leapt straight out. Sure, it is choc-full of that kind of banal lyric so unpopular with music critics yet uncared-about by the general public. It has advanced from the first record by its production which uses that all-over-wash sound leaving individual instruments sometimes impossible to discern. So not perfect, but well worth its place in the best sellers list of 2012.
What does it all *mean*?:
That the most successful banjo-led group is no longer The Wurzels.
Goes well with …:
Friday night at Glastonbury 2013, I suspect.
Might suit people who like …:
Well I can hear James, Arcade Fire, REM, The Bad Seeds, yes Coldplay and an alcohol-free Pogues at times.