Mumford & Sons: Babel
Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 20 September 2012
IT'S HARD TO imagine a more preposterous road to platinum success than the one Mumford & Sons travelled. Sigh No More, the 2010 debut by Marcus Mumford and his London crew, is a set of rousing tunes clad in choirboy harmonies, clawhammer banjo and Salvation Army brass that exploded amid a sea of AutoTuned cyber-pop. Soon, the band was backing Dylan on the Grammys, recording Kinks classics with Ray Davies and uncannily recalling the days when string bands like the Carter Family and the Louvin Brothers were radio gold.
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