There are vast swaths of the music-listening populace who felt, understandably, that the whole Mumford & Sons arena-folk sound was irredeemably wack. (I dissented.) But did these people really want Mumford to start sounding like Coldplay? Was that the answer? Because that seems to be what’s happening. On “Believe,” the first song from the band’s forthcoming Wilder Mind album, the previously-absent drums do drummy things, and banjo player Winston Marshall switches out his instrument for fake-Edge guitars. James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco produced it. The result sounds like every other inflated-budget major-label modern rock band. Listen to it below.
Wilder Mind is out 5/4 via Glassnote Records. I don’t expect to write anything defending it.