Mumford and Sons are a band from Britain lead by Marcus Mumford who I know was raised in a strong serving Christian family. I have no wish to go further than this in way of background for it is not mine to share. When I first started listening to 'Sigh No More' something resonanted within me: within those words that were not mine was an experience that was. This is not a Christian album but rather a reflection of one man struggling with sin in his life and the attempt to reconcile truth about God with the fallen nature of man. How often we learn most about God in His fullness not in the 'good' moments of our life, but when we are broken and in the depths.
- 'Can you kneel before the king/And say I'm clean, I'm clean' (White Blank Page).
- 'Darkness is a harsh term you think/Yet it dominates the things I see.' (Roll Away Your Stone).
- 'It seems that all my bridges have been burnt/But you say that's exactly how this grace thing works/It's not the long walk home that will change this heart/But the welcome I receive with the restart.' (Roll Away Your Stone).
- 'But you are not alone in this/You are not alone in this/As brothers we will stand/And we'll hold your hand.' (Timshel).
- 'Awake my soul, awake my soul/For you were made to meet your maker' (Awake My Soul).
- 'Serve God, love me and mend/This is not the end/Live unbruised we are friends/ I'm sorry/ Sigh no more, no more' (Sigh No More).
- ''Cause I have other things to fill my time/You take what is yours and I'll take mine/Now let me at the truth that will refresh my broken mind' (The Cave).
- 'You can understand dependence/When you know the maker's plans (The Cave).
We may know this to be true but living it is an entirely different matter. I think Mumford understands this and here is an album that demonstrates the brutal reality sin has on our lives and hence the glory of YHWH - He who gives us His name that we might call upon it and nothing else. If you want a different approach to God in song or a challenge at least I suggest this album - it is raw and gritty but real. Reviewers have called an exercise in existentialism. I call it God.