CD REVIEW: Mumford & Sons "Sigh No More"

Sigh No More
Bands come around once in a while breaking stereotypes. UK based Mumford & Sons is the newest to take the US by storm, casting aside all notions of what a four piece from across the pond should be. These guys sound like they probably come from the midwest or the south, and they have a folk band quality that is something out of the 50's or 60's. "Little Lion Man" and "The Cave" have traditional folk energy with a bit of an alternative rock skeleton. Using instruments like the banjo and the upright bass are not typical for an indie rock or alternative rock band, but Mumford & Sons do it with grace and ingenuity. The standout on the disc is "Winter Winds" with its sing-song lyrics and blazing horns. Mumford & Sons are a great new band doing something different with their music that has already proven its excellence by landing at the number one spot on many radio playlists across the country.