Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2009 Ratings: #396 / 867
User Score
Based on 211 ratings
2009 Ratings: #230
October 2, 2009 / Release Date
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Glass Note / Label
Folk / Genres
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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.

Beats Per Minute
While they bring nothing new to the table, the music that Mumford & Sons make is accessible, heartfelt and memorable and all of those factors make this band irresistible to anyone looking for a good tune outside of mainstream pop.
Even after all the turmoil, the heart of this unpretentious band remains refreshingly visible.

Sigh No More inspires evangelism through sheer force of will. Between Mumford's gripping wail and the Sons' whirlwind revelries, it's a revival hard to resist.


Thanks to a volatile mix of the uplifting and gloomy — there’s a bitter murder tale (“Dust Bowl Dance”) and lingering visions of death (“Timshel”) — Sigh No More transfixes.

Consequence of Sound

It has enough commercial gloss ... to compensate for the rambling, shambling stuff, but will also sound mighty fine when the snow is on the ground and the logs are blazing in your proverbial hearth.

Pretty Much Amazing
By overplaying the formula for brilliance, Mumford & Sons have cheapened it to my ears, transforming greatness into grating. Strip away the scaffolding of colossally structured songs, and show me what’s underneath.
Rolling Stone

Mumford's desperation, elevated in TNT dynamics, can be thrilling.

The room for improvement only makes this consistent, catchy and accessible album all the more successful.

Sigh No More is an impressive debut, but one that impresses more for its promise of the future than it does its wildly inconsistent place in the present.

The Guardian
It's a promising start, and once Marcus Mumford develops the storytelling skills of US counterparts such as the Low Anthem, there will surely be better to come.
NOW Magazine

There's still room for growth, but Sigh suggests that Mumford & Sons may someday develop into something great. For now, we'll settle for good.

Drowned in Sound

Despite any popularity which may come their way, what Mumford & Sons have produced in Sigh No More is nothing more than an empty shell of a half-decent record.


Every hoedown on Sigh No More-- every rush of instruments in rhythmic and melodic lockstep-- conveys the same sense of hollow, self-aggrandizing drama.

Sigh No More, the debut record from Mumford & Sons, came like a tsunami back in 2011. Folk and indie music was enjoying relative popularity in the 2000s, and Mumford & Sons caught the perfect tail-end of the wave in which they could ride a commercial high through accessible and easy to digest songs. Although I certainly wouldn't fault the album at the level that Pitchfork did, there are some notable flaws on the record worth mentioning. With that being said, the album isn't all bad and ... read more
Incredibly safe and inoffensive folk rock for the radio. But you'll never guess the crazy and kooky twist that sets this band apart from the others. THERE'S A BANJO. BEING PLAYED. ON THIS ALBUM.

Favourite tracks: The Cave, Little Lion Man
See review for “Night Visions - Imagine Dragons”
Back around the late 00’s and early 10’s (teenies? Tennies? Pronounce it how you like), a distinct brand of big, radio friendly indie and folk styled rock became incredibly popular. With the likes of Of Monsters And Men’s ‘My Head Is An Animal’ and Imagine Dragons’s ‘Night Visions’, it was a far cry from the chart music of today, and probably the most oddball of the big names were Mumford & Sons. Whilst definitely still accessible, it was ... read more
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Track List

  1. Sigh No More
  2. The Cave
  3. Winter Winds
  4. Roll Away Your Stone
  5. White Blank Page
  6. I Gave You All
  7. Little Lion Man
  8. Timshel
  9. Thistle & Weeds
  10. Awake My Soul
  11. Dust Bowl Dance
  12. After The Storm

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