Reviews in 200 Words

To Darkness: Mumford & Sons

In Singles Week: Life on Shuffle on November 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

And I fall short. It’s so starkly true: for everyone. Who among us isn’t falling short, constantly? People fail. These four young guys, singing about love and relationships: how can they possibly know? Does it even matter? Sometimes age and experience, even age and maturity, just don’t line up. Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane make a sound that’s so sad, you have to give in. You listen again and again and realize you need to be in this place–you need to remember that human beings disappoint, and it hurts. This isn’t weepy or melodramatic; it’s loud and passionate. It owns sad. It’s that person who is attractively confident in their loss–in love with living, even when it’s sharp and twisted. There’s also learning here–the surety that the next time will be better. The ability to pick up a flat heart and try to revive it, because otherwise, what’s the point of music at all? We will always fall short–there’s no avoiding it–but if we know our weakness, then maybe the falls will get easier. Maybe we will learn to own darkness as much as light. 

-Micah Ling


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