Mumford & Sons Is More Popular Than Justin Beiber (Bieber)
Mumford and Sons is a lousy Neutral Milk Hotel ripoff, and every one of their songs sounds exactly like every other one. But their new album Babel sold 200,000 copies more in its first week than did Believe, the new release from future convenience store robber Justin Beiber (Bieber), so bully times ten for them. Remember, it was only two years ago that Nickelback was the highest selling rock act in contemporary music, so the fact that a folk-influenced, harmony-driven band like M&S—however derivative and narrow—can now claim the highest opening-week sales of the year says good things about where our music tastes are.
Mumford and Sons is a bad bluegrass act. They are popular because people don’t notice that. I quite like bluegrass, but in Portland there is a band that is much, much better than M&S, http://jackstraw.net/the-band/