Mumford and Sons was voted Billboard’s Top Alternative Artist of the year 2011. But frankly, they are too depressing. The album opens with the track Sigh No More and you are hopeful that the rest of the album remains uplifting. The lyrics are greatly about love that opens the heart. It made me feel happy with lyrics like “Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you/it will set you free.” Don’t be fooled by this, the rest of the album is not so. Though the music is pleasing to the soul throughout the album, the lyrics are too dark. The underlying theme is love lost, loneliness and death.
The thing is that the words do not go with the music at times. For example, the music of the song Little Lion man is earnestly trying to be upbeat when the lyrics of the song involves the person realizing he is an ass. This nicely well-crafted song has been listed on recent US Top Ten alternative rock song lists.
The musicians are talented. Each time the instruments go wild, it makes me feel really exhilarated, but then the lyrics bring me back down. The album concludes with “After the Storm”, most depressing of all the songs, posing the idea that frankly, death is happily ready for us.
Greatly this album has the right music for feeling happy about being able to hear with great precision. Yet it does not have words really useful to those listeners who yearn for the right lyrics to match the exuberance of the instruments. This album is beautiful to the ears but frankly depressing to the soul. Truly I hope these talented musicians will cheer up.