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Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

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.

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

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.

The Boxer Rebellion – Union

The Boxer Rebellion

Union

Self release

The aptly named ‘Union’ is a fitting testament to the bands dedication and continual triumph over adversity, having released it without a label.

From the pounding tribal drums in the opening of Flashing Red Light Means Go through to the passionate urgency of Evacuate, The Boxer Rebellion create a deeply brooding atmosphere which amalgamates OK Computer era Radiohead with the transcendent beauty of early Verve to create their own blend of guitar distorted indie.

It is a breathtaking combo of instantly memorable melodies and heart-wrenching falsetto gracefully floating above delay-layered soundscapes.

Mando Diao – Give Me Fire!

Mando Diao

Give Me Fire!

Universal

It would be really dull to write a review about a Scandinavian guitar band that compared them to The Hives or Soulwax.

But even so, Mando Diao do sound a bit like both The Hives and Soulwax. They sound a bit like Franz Ferdinand too, with some Stax soul thrown in.

Bjorn’s gruff-voiced bellowing adds real soul to the shameless melodies, while the pumping bass and sprinkling of brass keeps things interesting among some of the less adventurous pop-rock standards.

The Destroyers – Out of Babel

The Destroyers

Out of Babel

Destruction Records

It’s like getting your own pop-up gypsy-folk-punk mash-up in a handy little pack.

The Destroyers are a band not to be missed playing live and this debut album attempts to capture that same energy.

It certainly succeeds for the most part, with title track Out of Babel a stand-out highlight.

Paul Murphy’s twisted mythologies weave tales of intrigue over the top of a frantic cacophony of instruments.

Some of the instrumentals are more for the purists but a party record nonetheless.

The Destroyers – Out of Babel

The Destroyers

Out of Babel

Destruction Records

It’s like getting your own pop-up gypsy-folk-punk mash-up in a handy little pack.

The Destroyers are a band not to be missed playing live and this debut album attempts to capture that same energy.

It certainly succeeds for the most part, with title track Out of Babel a stand-out highlight.

Paul Murphy’s twisted mythologies weave tales of intrigue over the top of a frantic cacophony of instruments.

Some of the instrumentals are more for the purists but a party record nonetheless.

The Destroyers – Out of Babel

The Destroyers

Out of Babel

Destruction Records

It’s like getting your own pop-up gypsy-folk-punk mash-up in a handy little pack.

The Destroyers are a band not to be missed playing live and this debut album attempts to capture that same energy.

It certainly succeeds for the most part, with title track Out of Babel a stand-out highlight.

Paul Murphy’s twisted mythologies weave tales of intrigue over the top of a frantic cacophony of instruments.

Some of the instrumentals are more for the purists but a party record nonetheless.

The Destroyers – Out of Babel

The Destroyers

Out of Babel

Destruction Records

It’s like getting your own pop-up gypsy-folk-punk mash-up in a handy little pack.

The Destroyers are a band not to be missed playing live and this debut album attempts to capture that same energy.

It certainly succeeds for the most part, with title track Out of Babel a stand-out highlight.

Paul Murphy’s twisted mythologies weave tales of intrigue over the top of a frantic cacophony of instruments.

Some of the instrumentals are more for the purists but a party record nonetheless.

Jamie T – Kings & Queens

Jamie T

Kings & Queens

Virgin

When Jamie T burst onto the scene with Mercury nominated debut Panic Prevention, there was a feeling it was more style than substance, with his rough London act appearing little more than a gimmick.
But he has returned after two and a half years with one of the most original records of recent times.
Witty and thought-provoking, it lurches  between rampant energy and moments of mellow calm.
His obvious talent for weaving gritty tales is underpinned by a strong musical tradition, plucking influences from a variety of sources, be it ska, punk, soul or straight-up rap.
A unique talent and a special album.

Jamie T – Kings & Queens

Jamie T

Kings & Queens

Virgin

When Jamie T burst onto the scene with Mercury nominated debut Panic Prevention, there was a feeling it was more style than substance, with his rough London act appearing little more than a gimmick.
But he has returned after two and a half years with one of the most original records of recent times.
Witty and thought-provoking, it lurches  between rampant energy and moments of mellow calm.
His obvious talent for weaving gritty tales is underpinned by a strong musical tradition, plucking influences from a variety of sources, be it ska, punk, soul or straight-up rap.
A unique talent and a special album.

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