Mumford & Sons Album: Any Good?

One reviewer writes: ‘The method by which they achieve it might have subtly changed over time, but Mumford & Sons’ overall go-for-broke aesthetic, evident when they first burst onto the scene a decade or so ago, is intact. Ultimately, they follow in the Springsteen/U2 line of artists prone to grand gestures. Those looking for irony in their pop music need not apply. If you’re on that earnest wavelength, the band’s newest release, Delta, is a fine distillation of what makes these guys so engaging. Producer Paul Epworth embeds some experimental flourishes into the mix, such as tweaking the sound of the band’s trademark banjos so that they sound arena-rock ready. But his most effective tactic here is

highlighting those potent moments when Marcus Mumford rises from folky warble to full-throated bellow as the band comes thundering all around him.’

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