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There's some quality stuff on that compilation - and I find it mildly disturbing that said artists can can be categorised as the'roots of mumford and sons'.
The tracklist is a bit 'whatever was cheap/free to licence', but catching the teen Mumford fans by putting the sort of folk/bluegrass/Americana that obviously informs their music into one place with cashin branding isn't such a bad idea.
They definitely have a bluegrass/Americana feel, as simon_t says. Whether they listen to those particular artists/tracks is maybe another question - I suspect they didn't have anything to do with compiling the CD, and it would be far more interesting if they did (compare this one, which Sonic Boom *did* compile: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spacelines-Sounds-Subterraneans-Spacemen-Compiled/dp/B00013UHWM/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332069788&sr=1-1). But they certainly like that sort of music.
I really like the concept behind this sort of album - easy way for a fan of a contemporary band to expand their knowledge of that band's influences.
They seem kinds nerdy in that way. But I reckon they totally missed the point of it all, released a really dumbed down record which would appeal to less discerning ears and failed to add any originality to it.
And, yeah, these artists might've informed Mumford & Sons' music in some respect. But these songs are so far removed (in terms of production, as well as style) from Mumford & Sons' brand of country/bluegrass/folk influenced pop/rock that anybody who stumbles upon this thinking "Oh, I like Mumford & Sons therefore I'll probably like this" is likely to be sorely disappointed. I suppose that's what previews are for though.
This is probably more heinous to be honest.