THE BAND WITHOUT THE BANJO IS STILL GOOD IN THIS ALBUM

ALBUM REVIEW               :           WILDER MINDS

ARTIST                                  :           MUMFORD AND SONS

GENRE                                  :           ROCK

DATE RELEASED               :           2015

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If you happen to listen to their previous albums, you know very well that it was quite difficult for this band to be labelled as rock band.  The reason of course is that their musical repertoires are peppered with banjo and other instruments popularly used in country music.  If this is your first time to listen to this band, you might have the instinct to check about them on Wikipedia and discovered that Mumford and Sons is not an 80’s relic.

Yes, this is what happened when this band decided go full blast in rock and do away with country music related instruments.  You now have a band playing songs with 80’s vibe especially with New Wave feel.  The whole records feels like new album from Spandau Ballet going rock, or Depeche Mode returning back to their roots, or one of those one hit wonder 80’s band being resurrected.  Now, is this conclusion very good for the band?

Fortunately, the music in this album borders on the good to the very good ones.  There are no filler songs in this record.  Best songs in this record are; “Believe, Tompkins Square Park, Wilder Mind, Broad Shoulder Beast, Only Love, and Hot Gates.”  Other listeners may find “Ditmas, Snake Eyes, and Cold Arms” best for them.  One thing that will surely delight Mumford and Sons fans is that the lyrics are still good and not trite and cliché despite themes surrounding in each of the songs in this record.

I rate this record with 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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