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Wilder Mind – Mumford & Sons

British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons strip away their folk-roots in favour of more alternative rock orientated music on their latest studio album release of ‘Wilder Mind’. The new album from the band at the very least demonstrates an attempt to offer up something different from the bands’ previous output, with the result regretfully being a rather basic and simplistic album effort that oddly enough suggests nothing new or interesting from the band. ‘Wilder Mind’ has some admirable notions to itself, though it seems to be a poor attempt on Mumford & Sons’ part to expand their sound, with the result being a bland and uninteresting album experience.

Mumford & Sons certainly have strong elements in their music, evident in their popularity in the music scene. On ‘Wilder Mind’, there’s certainly much of Mumford & Sons’ upbeat and faced paced music, mostly discussing themes of love, loss and everything else one would expect from the band. A few of the tracks on the album do suggest some moves being taken in the right direction, with the tracks themselves being largely pleasing musical numbers that feature most of Mumford & Sons’ better qualities, whilst stripping away some of the more dull moments that have so often occurred.

Whilst Mumford & Sons’ seem to be straying away from the sound established on their first two albums, it seems the result of experimentation has resulted in absolutely nothing new or interesting. Mumford & Sons’ seem to have opted for a more alternative-rock orientated sound on their latest record, though have failed to draw out anything interesting or worthwhile from the genre, instead going for the easiest option both musically and lyrically. Oddly enough, even with this different sound, ‘Wilder Mind’ itself doesn’t really differ much from its predecessors, with the tracks on the album being formatted and presented in the exact same dynamic order as Mumford & Sons’ have previously done.

It seems Mumford & Sons have lost their way on their latest record, pushing out a rather uninspiring and weak album experience. Nothing on the record ever seems to jump out and grab the listener, instead it all seems to just fall back onto cliche after cliche. There doesn’t even seem to be all that much experimentation either, raising the question of why bother changing one’s sound if nothing new or interesting will come of it. Perhaps by this point Mumford & Sons’ don’t even care anymore, as they seem to have gotten to the point where they’re popular enough to release anything and make the money anyway.

Album Rating:

  • ★★☆☆☆  2/5

Selected Songs:

  • Monster
  • Hot Gates

Mumford & Sons’ latest album ‘Wilder Mind’ is out now.

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Babel – Mumford & Sons

After the success of ‘Sigh No More’, with it being one of the best albums of the year, it made me wonder how would London’s popular folk band follow up? It’s been seen before, where popular bands have tremendous first albums, only to fall apart completely at the second hurdle. Good to know though, that Mumford and Sons’s follow-up to their first album is a good album, that is worth listening to.

It’s hard not to compare to their first album, but I find it interesting to make comparisons. Mumford and Son’s first album started off on a quieter note, harmonies coming in to draw the listener in, before building up to the energy that they so easily demonstrate in their music. ‘Babel’ however, goes straight in, starting with a fast pace, and it’s hard not to be suddenly drawn in, rather than lulled in with the previous album. It’s a good move, as it reaffirms an idea that they are not repeating the success of their first album, but rather developing the ideas and skills they had learned from it.

There is a balance between mellow songs, dark songs and more joyous songs. From a person view, I find the more mellow songs, or the darker ones as well to be the highlights of the album. That isn’t to say that the joyous songs aren’t good. Rather the opposite, they’re the best they’ve ever been. It could be argued that there isn’t a weak song on the album. Each one demonstrates wonderful writing talent, and each is a joy to listen too.

My personal highlights from the album have to be ‘Ghosts That We Knew’, which introduces the album’s more mellower side, and starts off on a beautifully quite note, before ever so slowly building up to a wonderful sound of guitar, banjo and multiple voices singing in harmony. ‘Reminder’ echoes back to the same purpose that ‘Timshel’ served on the first album, but by no means is it a copy. If it could be compared to any song from the first album, it’d be the chorus of ‘After The Storm’, but that is for you to judge. ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ is also another brilliant song on the album, that is once again, one of the more mellower songs on the album (at first). Opening with a piano, accompanied by the guitar, it has a wonderful build up with wonderful lyrics that can only be expected of Mumford and Sons. One of the darker songs, ‘Broken Crown’ has some of their best writing and best instrumentation, that cannot be ignored, despite being a more sombre affair.

Overall, the album is highly impressive, but perhaps it could be argued that it doesn’t quite pack the same punch that ‘Sigh No More’ did. It is a worthy follow up, and certainly paves the way for what will be their highly anticipated third album. Perhaps it’s because ‘Sigh No More’ took everyone by surprise, that nobody had heard anything from the London band before, that helped elevate it to the level of success and regard it holds today. ‘Babel’ lives in the shadow of it’s predecessor and it can’t be helped that they be compared. It’s one of those things that seems to happen to successful bands on their second album. But it is by no means a poor album, just because it follows ‘Sigh No More’. ‘Babel’ is a wonderful second album, that is definitely worth your consideration.

Album Rating

  • ★★★★☆ 4/5

Selected Songs

  • Ghosts That We Knew
  • Reminder
  • Hopeless Wanderer
  • Broken Crown

Thank you for reading.

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