The debut album by Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More, is quite simply one of the most brilliant albums I have ever heard. Other than that very serious statement (one which I have pondered over for the past) I cannot figure out what else accurately captures the mood of this album. Far and away this has already become the album to beat for 2010 (and yes, I know it was released in 2009 in the UK, but as I’m currently based in the USA this will officially be on my list for 2010).
I’m struggling with how best to summarize an album that is beautiful, poignant, and brilliant throughout quite literally every single track. It’s an album so good, so compelling, it prompts me to go back to my old ways of burning copies of CDs and literally forcing everyone I know to listen to it from start to finish. It’s an album that is so well constructed that I’ve listened to it now about nine times and I honestly cannot figure out which two songs best represent the talent and craft that is apparent within each track.
For reference the following statements say nothing about the actual sound of the band, the type of music the create, but it’s the easiest way for me to explain how . This album reminds me a lot of the debut Third Eye Blind album in that every sing song is well crafted and worth listening to. This album reminds me a lot of Funeral by Arcade Fire in that the scope of the entire album is so epic and so moving you’re compelled to start it over again and again and again. This album reminds me a lot of Is This It by The Strokes in that the first time I heard it all I could think to do was to immediately run around forcing everyone I know to listen to this brilliance. This album reminds me a lot of The Weakerthans and Cloud Cult in that every song is infused with inventive storytelling. This album reminds me a lot of Sufjan Stevens in that the composition and frequent use of layered crescendos adds to the overall impact in a way that is genuinely smile inducing, foot bouncing, simply joyous fun.
Perhaps the best way to sum up how I feel about the Mumford and Sons album Sigh No More (amazon) (itunes) is this; if I could I would force everyone who visits The World Forgot to download the entire album and listen to it before being allowed to visit any other website, go outside, or take a restroom break.