Wilder Mind (album)

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Chaney Wynne

mumford-and-sons-wilder-mindAt first note, Mumford & Sons’ third album “Wilder Mind” is almost unrecognizable.

The folk-meets-rock sound, that set apart their first two albums, is nowhere to be found in their newest.

Although the new, electric-sounding songs are nice, the bands novelty fades with the banjo strumming in their previous work.

The England native band’s first album, Sigh No More, emerged in 2009, well-received in both the U.S. and the U.K. Earning 2011’s Best British Album and Billboard Award for Top Rock Album, people all over fell in love with their unique music.

Babel, their second album, won a Grammy award for Album of the Year in 2013, in addition to the five other Grammy nominations they received that year.

Mumford and Sons deserved the recognition.

“I Will Wait,” from Babel, blends countless instruments and sounds seamlessly to create an unarguably catchy tune with bittersweet lyrics.

“Little Lion Man” offers a perfect example of the powerful contrast between lead singer Marcus Mumford’s raspy voice and the abundance of acoustic instruments prevalent throughout the album.

In Wilder Mind, released on May 4th, lead singer Mumford’s voice is still gripping and the lyrics throughout this album are as meaningful as those in the band’s previous work.

In “The Wolf”, they use a thoughtful metaphor, singing, “how he waits, baying for blood/I promised you everything would be fine.”

Some of the album’s slower songs like “Believe” present a mellow electronic echo similar to “Midnight” by Coldplay, whereas the less electronic songs like “Cold Arms” are reminiscent of the Lumineers.

While the pretty lyrics and Mumford’s soothing voice were enjoyable to listen to as I flipped through a magazine or finished up that art project, I found myself craving the old sound that distinguished all of their previous work.

None of the songs in Wilder Mind stuck with me the way songs in Babel and Sigh No More did.