I remember being a bit disappointed by 'Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down' after being really impressed by the first few songs I heard from it - overall it didn't grab me. It seemed almost sad that the band were likely to be remembered as the group that introduced the world to Laura Marling only to be forgotten by her and everyone else as her success eclipsed them. To make things worse, she began a relationship with Marcus Mumford - a rival up and coming folk band who have since gone on to achieve wider appeal. I don't know, there was a lyricism to it all which intrigued me as things went on.
Because of course, they went on to release 'The First Days of Spring' - or rather should I say Charlie Fink did - and that seriously impressed me. He turned this personal anguish in his life into a triumph. What a gorgeous album - I said it then and I say it now.
And now they've produced this beast - 'Last Night On Earth' - and it's a cracking departure into arena pop-rock that even the Boss himself would tip his worn out cap to. I think they could prove to be the band with the versatility and talent to outgrow the folk revival in a way that even M&S and even Laura Marling don't.