After hearing Mumford and Sonsâ€™ â€œLittle Lion Man,â€ shortly after the release of Sigh No More in 2010, I remember thinking, â€œThese guys are so amazing! Itâ€™s a shame theyâ€™ll probably never break into the mainstream.â€ Who would have ever thought that this bandâ€”this knee-slapping, banjo-laced band of turn-of-the-century looking hipsters would ever crack into the Top 40? Not I. But then again, who ever thought Katy Perry would have success in the music industry after â€œI Kissed a Girl?â€ It just goes to show, I suppose, that the music industry cannot be fully predicted.
Despite my doubts of how successful theyâ€™d become, Iâ€™ve always loved these four Brits. Iâ€™ve always wanted them to achieve great success because their music is truly excellent in every way. From their wonderfully composed songs with heart-breaking lyrics to Marcus Mumfordâ€™s passionate, gritty voice and the beautiful stringed instruments, this band is the whole package.
Babel, their second full-length studio album, starts with a fiery blast. â€œBabel,â€ â€œWhispers in the Dark,â€ and â€œI Will Waitâ€ are fast-paced, passionate songs that a have massive, full-bodied sound. â€œI Will Wait,â€ the albumâ€™s first single, is packed with intricate, plucking guitars and banjos, keys, and harmonized vocals from all of the members.
Even in the songs that are a bit slower, â€œBroken Crownâ€ and â€œReminderâ€ in particular, there is still something churning and brewing. Some rage and scathing anger, some love and helplessness. These songs really showcase Marcus Mumfordâ€™s fantastic voice. For me, the degree to which I can like a band depends a great deal on the lead vocalist. I have to innately love the tone of his or her voice. The rest of the band could be composed of the best musicians on earth, but if I donâ€™t connect with the vocals, I can never love that band. With Marcus, that combination of power, grit and emotion is something that I fully connect with. And I think a there are a lot of other people who do too.
I shouldnâ€™t have doubted Mumford and Sonsâ€™ potential for commercial success for a second. The may not fit in among the rest of the current Top 40 artists, but they connect with people in such a real way. Their passion, their grit and their beautiful lyrics are more than enough to garner millions of fans throughout the world.