Sigh No More is the debut studio album by London-based indie folk quartet Mumford & Sons. It was released on 5 October 2009 in the UK, and on 16 February 2010 in the United States and Canada. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #11 on 11 October and has so far peaked at #2 on 20 February 2011, in its seventy-second week on the chart and following its Album of the Year win at the 2011 BRIT Awards.
In mid-2010, it was rated the year-to-date's 8th best record on NPR's All Songs Considered. On 20 July 2010, it was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, awarded annually for the best album in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The award was given to The xx's self-titled album. BBC News, 7 September 2010 On 6 December 2010, a deluxe edition was released. This included the original album, a live CD of the concert from the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, and a DVD containing parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Gentlemen of the Road documentaries. On 15 February 2011, the album was awarded the Best British Album at the BRIT Awards. In the United States, the album is the 10th most-downloaded album of all time. http
* "Little Lion Man" was released on 28 September 2009 as the first single from the album. The single has managed to reach number 21 in the UK Singles Chart, number 45 in the Billboard Hot 100, number one in the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, number 3 in the Australian Singles Chart and #1 in Triple J's Hottest 100 (Australia) of 2009.
* "Winter Winds" was released on 7 December 2009 as the second single from the album. The single has managed to reach number 44 in the UK Singles Chart.
* "The Cave" was released on 1 March 2010 as the third single from the album. The single reached number 31 in the UK Singles Chart, number 27 in the Billboard Hot 100, number 10 in the Irish Singles Chart and number 17 in the ARIA Chart. It was released as the second American single on 25 October 2010.http
* "Roll Away Your Stone" was released on 6 June 2010 as the fourth single from the album. The single failed to crack the Top 100 and peaked at number 141.
Charts, certifications, and procession
End of year charts
Chart procession and succession
* Marcus Mumford - vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin
* Winston Marshall (Country Winston) - vocals, banjo, dobro
* Ben Lovett - vocals, keyboards, organ
* Ted Dwane - vocals, double bass
* Nick Etwell - trumpet, flugelhorn
* Pete Beachill - trombone
* Nell Catchpole - violin, viola
* Christopher Allan - cello
* Markus Dravs - production, "a nail and a piano string"
* Tom Hobden - original string parts on track 5
* François Chevallier - engineering
* Samuel Navel - assistant engineering
* Ruadhri Cushnan - mixing
* Bob Ludwig - mastering
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Mumford & Sons are an English folk rock band. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), "Country" Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar). The band formed in October 2007, rising out of what some in the media labelled the "West London folk scene" with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Noah and the Whale.
Mumford & Sons recorded an EP, Love Your Ground, and toured extensively in the UK to expose audiences to their music and build support for an eventual album. Their debut album, Sigh No More, was released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, and February 2010 in the United States. The album peaked at number two on the UK Album Chart and the Billboard 200 in the US. Billboard Retrieved 2 March 2011 Retrieved 2 March 2011
The band gained popularity throughout 2010, performing for larger audiences and making their first network television appearances in the U.S. On 1 December 2010, the band received two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock Song ("Little Lion Man"). They won the ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artist in 2010, and the Brit Award in 2011 for Best British Album.
Early years: 2007–2008
Mumford & Sons were formed in October 2007 by multi-instrumentalists Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. Band members variously play guitar, drums, keyboard instruments, bass guitar, and traditional folk instruments such as banjo, mandolin, and resonator guitar.. BBC. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2010. The band name originates from the fact that Marcus Mumford was the most visible member at the time, organizing the band and their local performances. Lovett indicated that the name was meant to invoke the sense of an "antiquated family business name".Collis, Clark (4 March 2011). . Entertainment Weekly Music Mix. Retrieved 6 January 2011. A handful of similar bands were increasing their visibility in West London around the same time, giving rise to the label "West London folk scene". Mumford downplays that characterisation as an exaggeration—Mumford & Sons and a few other folk acts just happened to be operating in general area at the time. In an interview with the Herald Sun, Marcus Mumford said, "It's not folk really. Well, some of it is, and it's certainly not a scene. Someone got over-excited about a few bands who live in a hundred-mile radius and put it in a box to sell it as a package. It's a community, not a scene. It's not exclusive."Betts, Marianne (25 March 2010). . Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 January 2011. Having developed in the same musical and cultural environment, Mumford & Sons' sound has been compared to that of artists such as Noah and the Whale, Johnny Flynn, and Laura Marling, the last for which Marcus Mumford moonlights as the drummer.Walker, Tim (28 July 2008). . The Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
In February 2008, the band completed an extensive UK tour with support from Alessi's Ark, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Peggy Sue, Pete Roe, The Cutaway and others. June marked the band's first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Mumford also toured Australia with Laura Marling, whose disinclination to interact with audiences encouraged Mumford into the spotlight. The experience helped inform his attitude toward Mumford & Sons audiences, which is to interact frequently and to try to create a comfortable, casual atmosphere.
Mumford & Sons' first project was an EP entitled Love Your Ground which took a year to complete and was released in November 2008 on Chess Club Records.
Sigh No More: 2009–present
Mumford drums.jpgthumbleftBand members play multiple instruments in live performances. Here, Marcus Mumford sits at a drum kit.
Throughout 2008 and into 2009, Mumford & Sons performed in small to moderate venues in the UK and US, exposing audiences to Love Your Ground tracks and other material that would eventually become Sigh No More. It finally recorded Sigh No More with Markus Dravs, who had produced albums with artists such as Arcade Fire. At the time, band members did not even own their own instruments—Dravs initially turned them away when they showed up at the recording sessions empty-handed.. NME. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011. The only track from Love Your Ground to be included on Sigh No More was "Little Lion Man". The band self-financed the album to avoid the artistic and technical compromises that sometimes befall studio-financed projects. Mumford also toured again in support of Laura Marling in 2009, and Mumford & Sons were contributing musicians to her 2010 album I Speak Because I Can.. BBC News. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
In August 2009, Mumford & Sons signed a licensing deal to Island Records in the UK, to Dew Process in Australia and New Zealand, to Glassnote Records in North America and Cooparative Music in the rest of the world, and through its own label Gentlemen of the Road. Dew Process boss Paul Piticco signed the band after having seen it at a US gig in 2009 and having appreciated its "honest" approach and unique sound. Their debut album was released on 5 October 2009 with "Little Lion Man" as the lead single.
Dave Berry of XFM named "Little Lion Man" his record of the week, and in another interview with the band, Berry said "Screw 'of the week', it's my favourite track of the year." BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe made "Little Lion Man" his "Reaction Record" on 27 July 2009,Lowe, Zane (27 July 2009). . BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 22 January 2011. before naming it the "Hottest Record in the World" the following evening.Lowe, Zane (28 July 2009). . BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
In their first performance on US network television, the band played their single "Little Lion Man" on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on 17 February 2010. This appearance was followed by a performance of "The Cave" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 26 February 2010.. NME. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
Mumford & Sons have been commercially successful in Australia and New Zealand. The single "Little Lion Man" has been popular—by January 2010, it had topped the Triple J Hottest 100 list for all of 2009. Its margin of victory was the largest in the history of the chart.Gregg, Natalie (27 January 2010). . The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2011. In November 2010, the band won an ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artist.Collett-White, Mike (20 November 2010). "Mumford & Sons top ARIA Awards". Billboard 122 (46): p. 32. Sigh No More first reached number 9 on the New Zealand charts in October 2010, and subsequently topped the chart in January 2011 due to strong popularity of singles from the album."International Charts: Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More rallies around globe". Music Week: p. 28. 22 January 2011.
In a March 2010 interview, Ray Davies announced that Mumford & Sons will be appearing on his forthcoming collaborations album.Uricheck, Mark (15 March 2010). . Themusiciansvoice.blogspot.com. Retrieved 24 January 2011. Marcus confirmed this in an interview the same month, stating, "I am more excited about that than I have been about anything before in my life". Mumford & Sons performed the track "Days/This Time Tomorrow" along with Davies on 12 February 2010 on Later... with Jools Holland. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
In December 2010, Mumford & Sons earned Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song ("Little Lion Man"). While they did not go on to win an award, the band performed their single "The Cave" at the Grammy ceremony. The performance earned positive media attention and boosted visibility for Sigh No More—US sales increased by 99 per cent in the period following the ceremony.Gundersen, Edna (24 February 2011). . USA Today. Retrieved 6 March 2011.. NME. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. They also backed Bob Dylan in his performance of "Maggie's Farm".Scaggs, Austin (4 March 2011). . Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 March 2011. In February 2011 they won a Brit Award for British Album of the Year with Sigh No More and performed "Timshel" at the ceremony. UK sales of the album subsequently increased by 266 per cent.
As of March 2011, Sigh No More has sold over 1,000,000 copies in both the United States and the United Kingdom. While touring the United States in early 2011, the band began writing songs for the follow-up album. Keyboardist Ben Lovett credited the creative atmosphere of Nashville, Tennessee with easing the songwriting process.Montgomery, James (17 February 2011). . MTV.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011. The album is due in late 2011.Gallo, Phil (26 February 2011). "The good, the bad and the uh-oh". Billboard 123 (7): p. 18.
In March 2011 it was announced that the band would be appearing on the Second Stage at Glastonbury Festival having played as relative unknowns on the John Peel stage in 2010.Topping, Alexandra (2 March 2011). . The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
Also in February to March 2011 the band was making their Scottish tour of several venues including Inverness and the Shetlands. However, they could not make their gig in the Shetlands due to extreme weather conditions so were stranded in Inverness. They then played several unscheduled gigs in Inverness such as gig in the street on the back of a pick up truck and a secret gig inbetween Aviemore and Forrest. This gig sold out making up for their missed gig and proving their popularity.
Musical style and influences
Mumford & Sons are noted for their energetic live performances in which band members juggle varying setlists and exchange musical instruments. In interviews, they express attraction to a culture of personal connection with audience members and "downsizing". The band members have stated many times that live gigs are by far their favourite part of the music experience, and that they strive for a lively, inclusive atmosphere.
Much of Mumford & Sons' lyrical content has a strong literary influence, its debut album name deriving from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The track "Sigh No More" includes lines from the play such as Serve God love me and mend and One foot in sea and one on shore. The song "Roll Away Your Stone" is influenced by Macbeth.Pearson, Rick (9 November 2009). . London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 February 2011. "You can rip off Shakespeare all you like; no lawyer's going to call you up on that one," Mumford said in an interview.Pearson, Rick (9 November 2009). . London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
Both "Timshel" and "Dust Bowl Dance" draw heavily from the John Steinbeck novels East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath, respectively. Mumford, in an interview, even compared touring to a Steinbeck adventure: " talked about how a journey is a thing of its own, and you can't plan it or predict it too much because that suffocates the life out it. That's kind of what touring is like. Even though there's a structure—you know what towns you're going to, and that you'll be playing a gig—pretty much anything can happen." Mumford also in his spare time runs an online book club on the band's official web site. NME Retrieved December 23, 2010
* Sigh No More (2009)
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