I have been a music fanatic for a long time. I grew up in a house with the radio always on. I heard everything from Sinatra to Murray The K screaming about The Beatles coming to America. Vivid memories of my mother laughing at the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s Positively 4th St. (look them up). I went along with the crowd in high school, went through a brief jazz phase in college, and eventually developed my own tastes as the years went by.
I veered away from the mainstream as much as possible. In recent years, it has been a struggle to attach to new bands. I like them for 5 minutes and find myself going back to listening to the deep cuts on those Kinks albums or the bands of the late 70’s punk and new wave explosion. I have a home in those albums. I figured the days of music that captivates me is over. However, being hopeful I would always say “I will wait” for something to hit me and stick.
Finally, the wait seems to be over. Mumford & Sons has hit me right over the head. I enjoyed the first album but it dissipated like every other band. This new song, although familiar in an Eagles/Poco/Lindsey Buckingham’s Fleetwood Mac kind of way, has grabbed my attention. I decided to listen to the rest of the album (on Spotify) and it’s not a far stretch from the first album but it is quite good. I like it a lot. This band may stick. Check back with me in 10 minutes.
In the world of horrible pop music destroying the airwaves it’s nice to see a band like this come along with the right mix of everything that is great about listening to music. Of course, I became an instant fan when they did a duet with Ray Davies of the Kinks last year.
Have a listen and become a fan, but don’t tell those Nikki Minaj fans. They are not allowed in this club.