Mumford & Sons @ King Tut’s 12-09-09

September 20, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, September 12 * * *

Should London four-piece Mumford & Sons make any sort of mainstream impact there’s a fair chance they’ll be dubbed the British Fleet Foxes, or maybe the Fleet Street Foxes. Both weave 4-part harmonies and draw on their folk bluegrass roots for inspiration, but tellingly when it comes to the quality of song writing the gulf between the two is glaring.
Although not without their charms, the Londoners put in a fairly routine display and one which felt formulaic at times. Not that the majority of the sold-out crowd would agree. Judging by their whoops of delight and the rapturous applause that greeted songs like debut album title-track Sigh No More, Awake My Soul and Dust Bowl, they needed little convincing.
The quartet certainly couldn’t have been happier with the response for this the first night of their UK tour. White Blank Page was the pick of the set – the rather earnest nature of its predecessors replaced with a real passion thanks to frontman Marcus Mumford’s more aggressive vocal – while the sombre I Gave You All followed in sedate but beguiling fashion. Sadly however from then on in it was hard to distinguish between songs that overall struggled to engage or leave any discernable mark.


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