Wilder Mind is the third album from Mumford & Sons. And strategically, it’s the obvious next step for the band. The banjo infused folk elements that made this band famous are just barely there, under the surface of a brand new, more mature coffee house rock sound. And while the band’s sound might have changed, their uniqueness and talent have not.
The album starts off on a soft note, with soothing and rhythmic melodies to create a sort of soft-rock vibe. The leading song, “Tompkins Square Park,” has soft but meaningful lyrics to set the tone of Wilder Mind.
The songs for the most part flow effortlessly into each other, and it doesn’t even feel like the track turned over. But at the same time, it’s flowed into a totally new sound, a totally new message.
The lyrics are passionate, and through them each song tells a story. Throughout the first half of the Wilder Mind, the overall tone doesn’t pick up or change pace more often. Their acoustic coffee house vibe is still very much there, which is a change from the songs that managed to get on mainstream radio. You can still hear the elements from their first two albums if you listen closely, especially to the guitar and the drums. But for the most part, it’s been replaced by a new, more matured sound that amplifies the tone and theme of the album. The fast paced guitar and simple, folk sound found in “I Will Wait” and “Little Lion Man,” for example, aren’t at all apparent in “Wilder Mind” or “Cold Arms.”
Instead, Wilder Mind is more toned down and relaxed, and somehow even more breathtaking. The overall theme of the album stays roughly the same – a soft-rock, break up inspired album of a love gone wrong. Or at least that’s the theme there from my interpretation. But that’s what makes Mumford & Sons great; their songs are impassioned, with the band’s heart poured out in every note and chord you hear, whether they’re singing about how they’ll wait for you forever or how they’re losing you.
Album Rating: 4.6/5