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Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mumford & Sons
Title: Wilder Mind
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Indie Folk
Label: © Mumford & Sons | Gentlemen of the Road | Glassnote Entertainment Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:41
Recorded: 2014–15

Wilder Mind is British rock band Mumford & Sons' third studio album. The record is a follow-up to their previous two successful albums Sign No More and Grammy winning Album of the Year, Babel. The new 12-track Glassnote Records release features singles "Believe" and "The Wolf". The group took a different approach with Wilder Mind, leaving out their signature acoustic instrumentals (more specifically their highly featured banjo), yet the band states the songwriting remains the same. This is sure to be another masterful record from these London natives.

Who could blame Mumford & Sons for running away from their signature banjo stomp? Come 2015, when Wilder Mind saw spring release, so many bands had copped their big-footed folk jamboree that Mumford & Sons could feel the straitjacket constricting, so it's not a surprise that the group decided to try on something new. A change in fashion isn't strange -- no band wants to be pigeonholed -- but the odd thing about Wilder Mind is now that everybody else sounds like Mumford & Sons, Mumford & Sons decide to sound like everybody else. Without their old-timey affectations, the band seems interchangeable with any number of blandly attractive AAA rockers, a group that favors sound over song -- a curious switch for a purportedly old-fashioned quartet. Sometimes, the band do swing for arena-filling hooks and connect -- the quietly escalating "Believe," the incessant surge of "The Wolf," "Ditmas," which is the only song here that would scale to bare-bones acoustic arrangements -- but usually they subsist on a simmer, letting their immaculate, tasteful rock bubble quietly without ever threatening to spill over the edge. Often, the persistent, moody murmur recalls a diluted Kings of Leon, a comparison that can't help but underscore how Mumford & Sons have made the journey from retro throwback to glistening modern construction. Where once they carved their music out of reclaimed wood, they're now all steel and glass -- a bit sleeker but also a bit chillier. Such a description suggests this is a big shift, but it's all surface: underneath that exterior, Wilder Mind is the same Mumford & Sons, peddling reasonably handsome reconstructions of times gone by. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Tompkins Square Park 05:12
2. Believe 03:41
3. The Wolf 03:41
4. Wilder Mind 04:38
5. Just Smoke 03:10
6. Monster 03:57
7. Snake Eyes 04:09
9. Cold Arms 02:50
10. Ditmas 03:39
11. Only Love 04:37
12. Hot Gates 04:47

Marcus Mumford – lead vocals, electric guitar, drums
Ted Dwane – vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass
Ben Lovett – vocal, piano, keyboard, synthesiser
Winston Marshall – vocals, electric guitar
James Ford - drums, percussion, keyboards
Tom Hobden - violin
Thomas Bartlett - keyboards
Dave Nelson - trombone
Aaron Dessner - keyboards
Benjamin Lanz - trombone

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