Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons

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Track list

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About the album

Having paid their dues the old-fashioned way as the superb on-off backing band for Laura Marling in 2007/08, Sigh No More sees the four-piece Mumford and Sons strike out for equally distinctive territory, carving out a mostly winning debut that deserves an audience to match its impressive convictions.

It’s a record deploying a wealth of folk signifiers, from banjos and sighing mandolins to dubious lyrics about how the harvest left no fruit for you to eat, but which in truth shares more genes with the bombastic song progressions of Arcade Fire or even Kings of Leon’s grit ‘n’ shine indie anthemics.¹

Sigh No More was recorded at Eastcoast Studios, where Arctic Monkeys, Brian Eno, Tindersticks and Laura Marling have honored their sound. The band teamed with producer Markus Dravs who has worked with such superstar acts as Arcade Fire, Bjork and Peter Gabriel.

Sigh No More sold over a million copies in the United Kingdom and over two million in the US. In the US, the album sold 626,000 copies in 2010 and 1,282,000 in 2011. As of May 2015, it has sold over 3.2 million copies in the US and it’s only the seventh album in digital history to sell 1 million digital copies with 1,656,000 million copies sold.

Highlighted review

This is an album that knocks you over at first. But when you gather yourself, get back on your feet and listen again, you’ll want to hit the play button a second time. Mumford & Sons have no reason on to apologize on Sigh No More—this is a killer debut.