Best Album of 2009 – Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z
While Jay-Z bounced back with another classic album, he has gotten a great deal of attention for this release and sold his records. I’m proud of the man and it was a great album (and very heavily anticipated) so nothing to take away from him but I’m going to focus on the Mumford and Sons album “Sigh No More” produced by Markus Dravs.
Mumford & Sons are a relatively new band and have only been playing together since 2007. With the help of Dravs (who previously has worked with the Arcade Fire and Bjork to name a couple) the four young men from West London got together to record this, their debut, album.”Sigh No More” is captivating from start to finish. Every single track is extraordinarily enjoyable and it may well be the only album I heard this year that I could listen to all the way through without picking a favorite track or tiring of the album all together. It is rare that you can find an album that can be enjoyed as an album and is not just a collection of hit singles. In trying to sum up the sound, perhaps it is best to leave the description to them: “They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men” (http://www.mumfordandsons.com/biography).
If I were personally to try to articulate their sound it would go something like this: Mumford & Sons combine the soulfullness and depth of vocals of the likes of Bon Iver or Ray Lamontagne while combining the depth of a large group like the Arcade Fire, down-home sailors anthems that rival Great Big Sea, bluegrass beats accompanied by chilling harmonies, and rhytmic crescendo’s that feel a bit like a massive musical orgasm.
Mumford & Sons produces a sound that may not be everyone’s cup of tea (and is unlikely to be incredibly popular among the demographic most likely to enjoy this blog), however, the album absolutely warrants a listen if you haven’t yet heard it and as AN ALBUM I would even give it the edge on the Jigga’s impressive collection of club bangers and chart toppers.
We are talking about different genre’s here, but with “Sigh No More” Mumford & Sons have produced as good a “blueprint” for future generations of musicians as Jay-Z has released since 2001.
Check out Mumford & Sons website and enjoy the hits. Let’s hope 2010 provides an equally successful and exciting year for both Mumford & Sons and the Frank Sinatra of Rap.