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Mumford & Sons live at The O2, London - Review

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Maybe it's because they dress like The Flintstones. Maybe it's because they don't push things forward. Or maybe it's because they became one of the biggest bands in the world before their second album was even finished. Outside of the 20,000 in here (plus extra few million around the globe), Mumford & Sons are ridiculed... and it's wrong.

They didn't mean to match some Beatles US chart record, or beat Bieber in first-week album sales, or metamorphose folk to the point where we're supposed to take The Lumineers seriously; it all just sorta happened. When group leader Marcus Mumford bawls to us: "We're just four lads playing tunes," halfway through tonight's set, we believe him.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons

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But despite this being their end-of-year party and a second sold-out date at The O2 and the go-go-going 'Babel' and 'I Will Wait' to start, it takes about an hour to really get underway. Marcus and his merrymen seem somewhat zonked, although their splendiferous harmonies still hit the spot, particularly with a rom-coming string section behind.

Mumford make use of the colossal space pretty well, towering the entire arena with a wavering lightshow that '90s-Anneka Rice wouldn't spurn climbing; it twinkles cutely during the guffawing 'Little Lion Man'. The boys also take Coldplay's lead and turn up at the back of the room for a snug gathering; they strip down 'Reminder' and it's gorgeous.

'The Cave', perhaps this band's finest moment, finishes off two hours which did drag after about 15 minutes of pleasure-seeking horn-blowing. Cut the set's fat, give these lads a breather and bang, Mumford & Sons live are one of the best around. Whether you like it or not.



Watch the video for Mumford & Sons 'Lover of the Light' below:

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