Album: Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (Universal/Island)

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Buzz aside, are M&S (and Noah & the Whale, for that matter) anything more than posh kids who've suddenly discovered, that, actually, folk music is, like, really good, actually?

As with politicians and the "change" word, Marcus Mumford thinks that if he sings about "heart", "purity" and "passion" enough, some of these may rub off. They don't. And while SNM contains catchy tunes, the overwhelming impression is of young Londoners making a bizarrely Irish-sounding record while desperately wanting to be the Fleet Foxes.