Review: Mumford and Sons album, Wilder Mind

By Caellin Rodgers

You’re lying in bed at night, the rain gently falling on the tin roof. It’s summer, so your window is cracked just a little, the smell of wet grass leaking through it, as you wait for the boy you love to appear and summon you down. This is the new Mumford and Sons album, Wilder Mind

Following in a similar vein to their previous work, this album is light, inoffensive and yet oddly addictive. It’s the sort of album you wouldn’t think twice about giving to your Mum; it’s the sort of album you’d find yourself putting on over drinks with friends, or on a long road trip. You find yourself in a relationship with this album from the moment it opens with Tomkins Square Park, to its close with Hot Gates pounding in your ears.

Tomkins Square Park is a soft familiar song that builds towards the end, leading you into an album that is a times introspective, at times epic and all with distinctive Mumford and Sons melodic lines: it is this familiarity that draws you in, makes you fall in love with an album all about the struggle to maintain a failing relationship. The Wolf is a particular highlight, a folk-rock tune that you’ll dance to while getting ready for a night out with a few girlfriends; a grunty, catchy, fast-paced hit with a darker lyrical theme of addiction. The title song is moody and dramatic, utilising the four piece’s large instrumental range: there are soaring guitar lines, elegant piano sections and unique drum and rhythmic patterns. The lyrics are deep and introspective, allowing space for individual interpretations: one such is that it is about the abrupt realisation that the singer is no longer in love (if he ever was to begin with).

The album wraps to a close with Hot Gates, your heart pulsing loud in your ears as you feel – like the singer – your relationship with the album slipping out of your grasp in a way you can’t control: “and I can’t be for you all of the things you want me to” Marcus Mumford croons in the chorus.

All in all, this is a catchy, yet thought-provoking album, with all the hallmarks of the Mumford and Sons everybody loves – folky, rhythmic and underscored with interesting drum, piano and guitar parts. This is an album that will stand the test of time, even as your relationship with it comes to an end over, and over, again.



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