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Music Discovery Tuesday – Good Music Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Hiding. First Example: Mumford and Sons

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Posted on July 27 2010 9:30 pm
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This is the first of a series of music-related posts to appear weekly on NewsReal Blog in The Concession Stand, our sub-blog devoted to arts, entertainment, and popular culture.  I’ll focus on albums, sometimes new and sometimes not so new, that NewsReal readers may not have heard before but might want to check out.  Although the mainstream music industry has flooded the Billboard top 40 with the mind-numbing packaged pop sounds of no-talent acts such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, rest assured there is still good music being made.  You just have to look a little harder.

Up first, the debut album from London folk-rockers Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More.

Take one part traditional British pub rock, one part Bluegrass, one part folk music, throw in some expertly crafted harmonies, and you get Mumford and Sons.  Simultaneously both melancholy and uplifting, their songs explode with a fullness seldom achieved by such a small band.  Sigh No More, which has already achieved commercial success in both England and Australia, was released in the U.S. in February 2010.  Standout tracks include “The Cave,” “Winter Winds,” and the epic “Little Lion Man.”

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