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#1
I searched for a mumford and sons thread, and nothing showed up... But these guys are seriously class!!!
#2
It's pretty superficial if you ask me, in that it's nothing more than pop music played on banjos. The album's an enjoyable listen though. I'll go and see them at Latitude this year before I pass full judgement on them as a live act but they sounded bloody awful when they were on Jools Holland...
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#3
^I also thought they were pretty shabby on Jools.
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#6
They're mediocre as hell, I agree with the superficial comment as well, and theres just something about them that just seems so condescending.
#7
Aww, regardless of all the negative comments I love the song Little Lion Man and a couple others...regarding their live performances, I watched the video of them playing on The Interface at Spinner.com, and I thought it sounded pretty good. Oh, whatever.
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#8
The fact that they have gotten extremely popular can account for a lot of this hate.
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#9
Popular or not, I'm a fan. Thistle And Weeds is a great song.

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#10
they are the definition of the word:

Insipid.
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#11
The singles were decent but I thought the album was pretty boring, to be honest. I bought it expecting it to be great and it didn't really live up to my expectations. The Cave is a great song though.
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The singles were decent but I thought the album was pretty boring, to be honest. I bought it expecting it to be great and it didn't really live up to my expectations. The Cave is a great song though.


I pretty much agree with this, also I always thought that Winter Winds sounded like Let It Be, was the only single I didn't enjoy.
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#14
i love mumford and sons. its exactly the kind of music i can listen to whatever mood i'm in. fair enough, if you don't like them, but definately my favourite mainstream pop band, in amongst all this over-produced rubbish that is on the radio, most of the time.
#15
I don't see where the hate comes from. Just because they're on an episode of Grey's Anatomy and have millions of fans they're Nickelback?

Anyways, I got into them from a friend. They're pretty addictive.
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#16
A perfect example of pretentiousness.
I'm not talking about the band, I'm talking about the people that call them the "Nickelback of folk."
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#17
Wow, surprised at the amount of hate. I admit the album as a whole isn't great but I just found these guys a couple days ago from the radio and thought Little Lion Man was awesome. I think they have a whole lot of potential.

EDIT: Just relistened to a bunch of Flogging Molly... I see what you mean about Mumford and Sons being mediocre compared to others in similar genres. Still think they have potential, we'll have to see where they go.
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#18
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#19
So they just played a show at First Ave in Minnesota a few weeks ago, and our local public radio station ended up taping the show and played it in its entirety on the air last weekend and I can honestly say I've never heard a more atmospheric live recording, ever.

They said that they'd be releasing it for download somewhere, if I find it I'll issue PM's to anyone who wants it if I can find out where I can LEGALLY get it.

Alright, can't find a download, but you can at least listen to it here:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/the_current/
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#20
I like em, I dig the banjos

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#21
Calling them the Nickelback of Folk is just ridiculous. They'd need to hurt my very soul to be
that.

M&S are just incredibly boring.
#22
Eh. I'm on the fence about them. On the one side, I enjoy the simplicity and folky-ness of the music. On the other, I find them annoying after a couple of listens.
#23
I've been digging these guys lately. Anyone want to recommend some similar bands?
#24
They get bland, but it's nice fun singing music.
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#26
They are great, and even better live.
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#27
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they are the definition of the word:

Insipid.

Actually, they would be an example of something that qualifies as "insipid." A person or thing can't be the definition of a word, in most circumstances.

I enjoy their music. But I'm not looking for indie cred, either.
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#28
I haven't heard much from them, but they're alright. Definitely not gonna fangirl over it or anything but i won't get pissy if someone puts their CD on.


Also, when i saw them play on the grammys, their banjo player was wearing a suit (fair enough), one of those string tie things that i thought died with Colonel Sanders (huh?), and a bright yellow trucker hat (which fell off while he was "rocking out" during an instrumental section of the song) and to be honest i still don't know how i feel about that.
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Actually, they would be an example of something that qualifies as "insipid." A person or thing can't be the definition of a word, in most circumstances.

I enjoy their music. But I'm not looking for indie cred, either.


Wow i'm impressed, you must have passed grade 6 english with flying colours to know THAT

They are bland and insipid, regardless of how succesful they are. Even worse than "i like them because they're not popular" is "i presume the reason people don't like them is because they're popular"

I would rather have all the over produced usher stuff in the world on mainstream radio than generic Mcfolk coupled with naff lyrics.
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Wow i'm impressed, you must have passed grade 6 english with flying colours to know THAT

You spell "color" with a U for no reason. Passing sixth grade English let me know that, too.
They are bland and insipid, regardless of how succesful they are. Even worse than "i like them because they're not popular" is "i presume the reason people don't like them is because they're popular"

I would rather have all the over produced usher stuff in the world on mainstream radio than generic Mcfolk coupled with naff lyrics.

Or people can like them because they actually like them and not care what other people think, no matter the vitriol with which they post their opinions bashing those who don't share their feelings. You don't like them. Congratulations. That and $1 should be able to get you a Coke. Err...sorry...a Couke.

Personally, I enjoy their "bland and insipid Mcfolk" a lot more than some pretentious "legitimate" folk musicians.
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#32
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You spell "color" with a U for no reason. Passing sixth grade English let me know that, too.

Or people can like them because they actually like them and not care what other people think, no matter the vitriol with which they post their opinions bashing those who don't share their feelings. You don't like them. Congratulations. That and $1 should be able to get you a Coke. Err...sorry...a Couke.

Personally, I enjoy their "bland and insipid Mcfolk" a lot more than some pretentious "legitimate" folk musicians.


I spell colour with a U because i'm australian?
Yes that's right, there are other countries besides america but clearly you were too busy studying semantics to be bothered with geography. The vitriol didn't have much to do with my opinion of them, more the "you don't like them because your pretentious" attitude in this thread that your post exemplified.
#33
Add the words love, girl, trees, war, haunted, summer, lost, woods, fox, whiskey, life, road, angel and sun over acoustic guitar and you get the kind of vague, uninspired designed-in-a-lab Folk that these guys do. Same with the Avett Brothers.
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I don't mind M&S, but there's so much better music in a similar style out there that their success seems so arbitrary. And that's not taking into account the more alternative folk shit.
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I don't mind M&S, but there's so much better music in a similar style out there that their success seems so arbitrary. And that's not taking into account the more alternative folk shit.

That's the best description, really. It isn't anything special, but it isn't particularly awful either. Like microwave pizza. If I didn't have anything else to listen to and then stumbled upon Mumford and Sons, it's not like I'd be unhappy. I just wouldn't exactly feel fulfilled.
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I like Mumford and Sons, some great songs. Simple as
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#37
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I spell colour with a U because i'm australian?
Yes that's right, there are other countries besides america but clearly you were too busy studying semantics to be bothered with geography.

True, when I went to Australia and New Zealand, I wandered around wondering why all of the Americans were talking so weird.
The vitriol didn't have much to do with my opinion of them, more the "you don't like them because your pretentious" attitude in this thread that your post exemplified.

You use a term like "McFolk" and don't think that comes across as pretentious?

And I'm not saying that everyone who doesn't like them is pretentious for not liking them, but indie and folk music nuts are known for being...let's say "exclusive" in their tastes, much like sub-genre addicted metalheads.
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#38
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I like Mumford and Sons, some great songs. Simple as

Likewise.
#39
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That's the best description, really. It isn't anything special, but it isn't particularly awful either. Like microwave pizza. If I didn't have anything else to listen to and then stumbled upon Mumford and Sons, it's not like I'd be unhappy. I just wouldn't exactly feel fulfilled.

microwave pizza starts tasting awful after a while.
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You use a term like "McFolk" and don't think that comes across as pretentious?

And I'm not saying that everyone who doesn't like them is pretentious for not liking them, but indie and folk music nuts are known for being...let's say "exclusive" in their tastes, much like sub-genre addicted metalheads.


Well your post was made before mine, and it infered that everyone who doesn't like them is looking for indie cred. That generalisation at the end isn't strengthening your point. Anyway people have said what i said in a less polemic way, so it's of no real consequence if you got riled up by the way i worded it.
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