Mumford & Sons released their third studio album Wilder Mind early this week, and it’s pretty great. I know many people have had their concerns with them ditching the banjo and going completely to electronic stuff and such. But that’s okay in my opinion, every band and artist has to evolve and experiment. Its good to see growth and the potential that a band might have, my best example of this is Taylor swift. She went from country to pop country to straight pop, excelling in every way. Anyway back to Mumford. This album is great it’s just different. Once you really listen to it and digest it, the lyrics and the sounds created from each song are great. My favorite songs are Believe, The Wolf, and Only Love.
“Believe” is a great song and I believe their first single off the album. When I hear this song I just think of it as a night song and I see LA at night and traffic speeding on the freeway. It’s a calming song almost in a way to me. It’s easy on the ears at first then picks up a bit, but still remains easy on the ears. The lyrics are great to me because they actually make me want to sing out loud. As well the absent of the banjo here to me is forgotten because I enjoy this song with an electric guitar and not a banjo. I honestly can’t even picture a banjo here in this song.
The Wolf is more of an upbeat song that stood out to me on this album. It stood out to me because it was so louder and not soft like most of the songs on the album. I really like the bass and drums on the track as well because the sound perfect together.
Only Love is my last favorite song. What I love about this song is how for half the track it starts slow and the picks up at 2:50 to more of the upbeat sound you hear in the track “The Wolf”. As well I do enjoy the lyrics “Didn’t they say that only love will win in the end”. It’s also pretty neat that the song is four minutes long and there are only two verses.
This album is great; it’s great IF you give it a chance. You can’t come into this album with the notion it’s going to suck without the twang and folk and banjo. If you come into this album with an open mind and a willingness to experience a different sound they you just might like this album. Everybody so far that has listened to this album that I know including myself love this album. So people hate change so they criticize it to the extreme. I read an article about how bad this album two months before it came out. The article was all wrong, yes it’s different but it’s a good different and I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did.