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Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind (Glassnote Records)
CD Reviews: May 21, 2015

05/21/15



Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind (Glassnote Records)

Hear that? It’s the sound of a million echo-hippy nebbishes bawling, because Winston Marshall retired his banjo and decided to become a decent electric guitarist. Man oh man, is the hate raining down on this album, as if Mumfords weren’t ever going to embrace their inner kick-assness and take a kamikaze run at Kings of Leon. Where were you expecting this band’s intensity to supernova? A Bright Eyes-guested version of “I Will Wait” at Bonnaroo? Gag me. And what a bummer that this album’s first half is so good, huh? Yes, you have to hit eject after “Snake Eyes” to avoid dreary slogs like “Cold Arms” and “Only Love,” which have been trashed by just about anyone with a keypad-enabled device, correctly written off as Coldplay mystery-meat. But the front end is really good, very relevant guitar rock. About time, since this generation is running out of outs after being criminally misled for years by the Bowery Ballroom crowd and then settling into its current state, so corporate-hypnotized that P.T. Barnum has to be clawing at his coffin to get a piece of it. Face it, if you had a choice between “The Wolf” from this album or any Myyra tune to soundtrack your pitch to that cute brunette at the sports bar, you know which one you’d want. And for the barnyard-indie crowd, how could you not respect the sideways percussion and glitchy hayseed steez of “Monster” or the chicken-chasin’ redneck vocal and Allmans-style decor on “Just Smoke?” Jeez, if you can’t get on board with that stuff, I hope you’ve got the next Merle Haggard slumming in your followed tweets or something. B Eric W. Saeger
 





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