This week’s offering is Mumford & Sons‘ Wilder Mind. Thanks to my brother, Nick, I got to hear this for the first time this past weekend during the first of two family reunions this summer. The first thing you’ll notice is they’ve eschewed the banjo that was present on the first two albums in favor of keyboards and a full drum kit. The end result is a more straightforward alternative rock sound. While I’ve enjoyed their previous indie folk efforts, this album works just as well. I particularly enjoy the live recordings assembled in this playlist.
What I find amusing is the amount of backlash they’re getting in the comments section because they went a different direction. I’ll admit that it may take a little getting used to if you’re a die-hard fan of Sigh No More or Babel. If you consider yourself a fan of the band, though, don’t you owe it to yourself and the band to at least give the album a full listen (or hopefully a couple listens)? I’ve had more than one occasion where an album hit my ear completely wrong. Rather than dismissing it out of hand, I set it aside with a little mental note to come back to it another time. On most occasions, I was rewarded for it with an even greater enjoyment.
If you’re the type that just can’t get past the electric guitars and need your banjo fix, there are plenty of other avenues for you to explore. What do you think?