Stop press: Marcus Mumford and his merry band of minstrels have changed direction.
Following two albums of anthemic folk which has won them the double whammy of credibility (a headline slot at Glastonbury) and gargantuan success (first album Sigh No More sold more than a million copies in the UK alone), ditching the banjos and going rock seems a brave step.
However, there is a limit to the number of times your average consumer will buy the same record, no matter how good the tunes might be, and Wilder Mind suggests that the Mumfords understand that better than most.
It’s easy for rock critics to play spot the influence on Wilder Mind, from the Kings of Leon-like The Wolf to Snake Eyes, which could be a hidden track from last year’s War on Drugs masterpiece Lost in the Dream. Non-music-press reading listeners can join in the fun too by observing that lead single Believe sounds rather a lot like Coldplay, and that there are definitely shades of The Killers in the driving rock of Tompkins Square Park.
This matters not a jot. Wilder Mind won’t win any awards for originality but its melodies are strong and its heart is displayed for all to see. It’s a sure-fire smash.
Like this? Try these: The Killers, Sam’s Town; The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
By Andrew Greenhalgh