Review #75: Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind

Artist – Mumford & Sons
Album – Wilder Mind (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/4trTvSZSfcCSzeH8kJeCbD

Mumford & Sons are an English folk-rock band from London, UK. From the get go Mumford & Sons saw massive popularity from their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ with the hits ‘The Cave’ and ‘Little Lion Man’. Since then the band have had the opportunity to headline festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park and Leeds/Reading, as well as put on their own mini festivals of sort with the ‘Gentlemen of the Road’ gigs, inviting friends such as Haim and Vampire Weekend to play with them. Mumford & Sons shortly after their debut released ‘Babel’ which also saw major popularity, and now follow that up with ‘Wilder Mind’.

Whereas Mumford had become known for there folk sound, they have gone a bit left field with this latest effort. In ‘Wilder Mind’ the band have “rocked up” their sound a little more, taking away a majority of their acoustics and introducing electric guitar … especially distorted electric guitar. All the riffs and solos which come with distorting your sound a little more can be heard throughout this album, particularly in the biggest hit so far ‘Believe’, which includes quite a rough sounding solo (in a good way). As of now, with the bunch of times I’ve listened to the album, I’m not getting the feeling theirs the amount of hits that the previous effort had, especially ‘Sigh No More’. Obviously there is ‘Believe’, but other than that there doesn’t seem much more, however I did feel this initially with Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ and Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’, but now feel they have numerous hit songs. By hit songs I simply mean catchy, the album as a whole and each song is really well written and a joy to listen too, the band have embraced this slightly rockier sound very well. The lyrics also seem more mature, there is the occasional love song, but nothing in comparison to ‘Sigh No More’ and ‘Babel’, displaying growth and the bands ability to venture into further topics.

A bands shift in sound can always be frightening for the fans and the bands themselves, not knowing whether their audience will embrace the new them or not. Mumford & Sons however have expertly pulled off this change and created a well written, well structured and progressive (within their band) album.

8/10

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