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Mumford & Sons 5/4/2015

Review

Who could blame Mumford & Sons for running away from their signature banjo stomp? Come 2015, when Wilder Mind saw spring release, so many bands had copped their big-footed folk jamboree that Mumford & Sons could feel the straitjacket constricting, so it's not a surprise that the group decided to try on something new. Without their old-timey affectations, they wind up sounding like handsome AAA rockers with a debt to U2, a group that masters sound over song. They do swing for arena-filling hooks and connect -- the quietly escalating "Believe," the incessant surge of "The Wolf," "Ditmas," which is the only song here that would scale to bare-bones acoustic arrangements -- but usually they subsist on a simmer, letting their immaculate, tasteful rock bubble quietly. Often, the persistent, moody murmur recalls a diluted Kings of Leon, a comparison that underscores how Mumford & Sons have made the journey from retro throwback to glistening modern construction. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Tompkins Square Park Mumford & Sons 5:12
  3. 2 Believe Mumford & Sons 3:37
  4. 3 The Wolf Mumford & Sons 3:38
  5. 4 Wilder Mind Mumford & Sons 4:36
  6. 5 Just Smoke Mumford & Sons 3:7
  7. 6 Monster Mumford & Sons 3:55
  8. 7 Snake Eyes Mumford & Sons 4:5
  9. 8 Broad-Shouldered Beasts Mumford & Sons 4:16
  10. 9 Cold Arms Mumford & Sons 2:44
  11. 10 Ditmas Mumford & Sons 3:35
  12. 11 Only Love Mumford & Sons 4:34
  13. 12 Hot Gates Mumford & Sons 4:40
  14. 13 Tompkins Square Park Mumford & Sons 5:8
  15. 14 Believe Mumford & Sons 3:46
  16. 15 The Wolf Mumford & Sons 3:49
  17. 16 Snake Eyes Mumford & Sons 4:9

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