Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More
Gentlemen of the Road/Island
If, as Mumford & Sons bassist Ted claims, music fans are looking for something with a bit more heart, then they can certainly find a sizeable chunk of it on this stunning debut.
At times it is haunting, others euphoric, but their blend of old time, sepia-tinted bluegrass and shimmering folk-pop sounds fresh, vibrant and uplifting.
Banjos and double bass may give the impression of a derivative novelty act, but together the band mould delicious harmonies with overpowering melodies.
And as they planned, it just makes you want to have a good old sing song.
An almost perfect piece of modern folk, with tunes that linger long after you press stop.