Alive and completely rocking – Marcus Mumford finally presents a sound we’ve all been eager to hear, says Timmy Odejimi
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The wait, some might say, is finally over.
It might have taken a three-year hiatus, but at long last, Marcus Mumford and the sons have finally triggered their potential. Wilder Mind, a subsequent album to their previous folk-induced second album, Babel takes a different approach from the sounds of both their first and second studio albums.
Deviating from their usual folky tone, a sound that has heavily identified them as both a band and individuals, Mumford & Sons create a redefining 12-track album; finally placing them in the rock heights.
‘Tompkins Square Park,’ the introductory song to an album awaited with mixed expectations. Firstly, kudos is in order for the album director whom was bestowed with such high responsibility; determining the listener’s first impression. Secondly, the highest of praise must go towards not only Marcus Mumford for his artistry, but the band in general for their craft and the way in which they mastered it successfully for this ground-breaking third album.
Though certain “hardcore” fans demand – through Twitter and the hashtag “#bringbackthebanjo” – they bring back their familiar instruments, banjo and double bass, you can’t help but think familiarity can blind individuals when it comes to choosing creativity over same old same old.
Evidently in the process of “rebranding” or rather redefining their image and place in the music world, particularly the rock genre, some will find it difficult to get away from their cathartic, heart-pumping folk anthems such as Little Lion Man and I Will Wait – both two classics from 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Changing your image, or in this case your tone is not an easy task, especially when in the industry heavily based on fan-support. It’s a human fault; we find it hard to adapt to change.
Furthermore, “Wilder Mind” presents a collection of bittersweet love songs, providing a much more profound feel for the listener’s experience in comparison to their previous two albums. However, in tracks like “Believe” and “Only Love,” the band’s usual creamy and impassioned romance are highlighted with the lyrics illustrating the idea of balancing doubt and hope while battling optimism in your heart. “Open my eyes, tell me I’m alive. This is never going to go our way, if I’m going to guess what’s on your mind.”
The sentiments poured into the album without having to default to their uniform instrument, banjo, opens up a different perspective for whether it be a new listener or an old one.
In many ways this also proves as a warning to the other bands in the rock category; a different type of competition has finally arose. However, welcome to the big boys club, sons.