I’ve spent the past two days marveling at this album. Having heard the first single: “Little Lion Man” – I was excited about the album from Mumford & Sons. I was expecting the raw emotion you heard in that track: not too stylistically different from the voice of a Glen Hansard. What I didn’t expect was to find an album packed full of spiritual references, alluding to some genuine struggles with faith in a similar lyrical bent to a Nick Cave type writer (though perhaps with a touch more optimism).
There’s already been a bunch of lyrics I’ve wanted to quote (and indeed have put a few up on Twitter already):
“it’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, but the welcome I receive with the restart”
“If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy, I could have won”
“It seems that all my bridges have been burned. You say that’s exactly how this grace thing works”
“How can you love what it is you have got, when you took it from the weak hands of the poor? Liars and theives you don’t know what is in store”
“These bodies they will live, and these bodies they will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life. ”
“Love it will not betray, dismay or enslave you it will set you free. Be more like the man you were made to be.”
There’s plenty more too, this is an album has anger, disappointment, love, optimism and sadness. I realise that this feels like it has shifted from being a review to more of an advertisement, but it’s probably now sufficient to just say that I love this album. But be aware little kiddies – “Little Lion Man” does have include some vocabulary best avoided in polite company. All in proper context though.