Sigh No More (Mumford & Sons album)

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Sigh No More
Studio album by Mumford & Sons
Released 2 October 2009
Recorded 2008–2009 at Eastcote Studios, London, UK
Genre Folk rock, indie folk
Length 48:33
Label Island, Glassnote (US)
Producer Markus Dravs
Mumford & Sons chronology
Sigh No More
(2009)
Babel
(2012)
Singles from Sigh No More
  1. "Little Lion Man"
    Released: 11 August 2009
  2. "Winter Winds"
    Released: 6 December 2009
  3. "The Cave"
    Released: 26 February 2010
  4. "Roll Away Your Stone"
    Released: 3 June 2010

Sigh No More is the debut studio album by London-based indie folk quartet Mumford & Sons. It was released on 2 October 2009 in the UK, and on 16 February 2010 in the United States and Canada. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 11 on 11 October and has so far peaked at No. 2 on 20 February 2011, in its 72nd week on the chart and following its Album of the Year win at the 2011 BRIT Awards. In early 2011, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the US.

In mid-2010, it was rated the year-to-date's 8th best record on NPR's All Songs Considered.[1] On 20 July 2010, it was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, awarded annually for the best album in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[2] 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.[3] In the United States, it was the 3rd most digitally downloaded album of 2011, selling 761,000 copies.[4]

The album's title is taken from a line in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and several other lines from the play appear in the title track's lyrics.

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album sold over a million copies in the United Kingdom and over two million in the U.S.[5] In the US, the album sold 626,000 copies in 2010 and 1,282,000 in 2011 .[6][7] As of October 2012 it has sold over 3.004 million copies in the USA.[8] and it's only the seventh album in digital history to sell 1 million digital copies with 1,656,000 million copies sold.[9]

Singles[edit]

  • "Winter Winds" was released on 6 December 2009 as the second single from the album. The single has managed to reach number 44 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Roll Away Your Stone" was released on 3 June 2010 as the fourth single from the album. The single peaked at number 141 and number 10 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
BBC (positive) link
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[12]
Clash 8/10 stars link
Drowned in Sound (5/10) link
The Guardian 3/5 stars link
MusicOMH 4/5 stars link
Now 3/5 stars link
NME (7/10) link
Paste (9.1/10) link
PopMatters (8/10) link
Pitchfork Media (2.1/10) link
Spin (8/10) link
Sputnikmusic (3.5/5) link

On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has a score of 68 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Sigh No More"   3:27
2. "The Cave"   3:37
3. "Winter Winds"   3:39
4. "Roll Away Your Stone"   4:23
5. "White Blank Page"   4:14
6. "I Gave You All"   4:20
7. "Little Lion Man"   4:06
8. "Timshel"   2:53
9. "Thistle & Weeds"   4:49
10. "Awake My Soul"   4:15
11. "Dust Bowl Dance"   4:43
12. "After the Storm"   4:03

Bonus tracks[edit]

Release history[edit]

Date Country Label Album version
2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)[14] United Kingdom Island Records Standard
6 December 2010 (2010-12-06) Limited Deluxe
16 February 2010 (2010-02-16) Canada Glassnote Records Standard
United States

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle
Australian Albums Chart number-one album
15 February 2010 – 8 March 2010
Succeeded by
Recollection by k.d. lang
Preceded by
My World by Justin Bieber
Irish Albums Chart number-one album
15 April 2010 – 22 April 2010
Succeeded by
Iron Man 2 by AC/DC

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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