"The Cave," the third single off Mumford & Sons' debut album, "Sigh No More," is an invigorating folk-rock anthem that has followed "Little Lion Man" onto the Billboard Hot 100. Unlike "Lion," however, "The Cave" has peaks and valleys that build to an instrumental climax before winding back down. Marcus Mumford's vocals are piercing, and his gravelly tones add emotional heft to the song's weary, yet hopeful lyrics ("And I'll find strength in pain/And I will change my ways/I'll know my name as it's called again"). Winston Marshall whips his banjo into a frenzy on the track, and the driving drum pattern turns "The Cave" into a fervent hymn. Although it's a stylistic shift away from "Little Lion Man," "The Cave" logically follows as the next "Sigh No More" single to make a chart impact.
Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"
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