The album is good but the complicated system via amazon download makes it difficult. Also download doesnt play very well,almost like playing old vynal record as it jumps every now and again on replay via computer. Dissapointed in amazon not the actual music.
This album is nowhere near a patch on there previous ones , the songs go nowhere and our boring as far as i am concerned, I consider myself mumford' s biggest fan , and was very disappointed with what I heard . I hope they don't stay on This direction, I think they should stick to toe tapping tunes that we all love . Just my opinion!!! Cant wait for the next album now . (Still love them though) .
I have heard previous singles but I’ve never owned a Mumford and Sons album before so I am coming fresh to this one. It hasn’t been particularly well reviewed and I can see why; white male guitar rock isn’t exactly cool these days, and Mumford and Sons are definitely not cool. They’re not as experimental as Radiohead, they don’t have the pop sensibility of Coldplay and as a result they can lapse, at times, into an earnest sub-Elbow plod. Octave leaps, of which there are many on this album, don’t constitute a song progression and the U2-esque arpeggios just remind you that The Edge did it first and better.
But there is something interesting here and I find I keep coming back to it. There seems to be a genuine enquiry about faith, religious and in personal relationships, in the lyrics and there is musical experimentation here, too, in the use of orchestration and electronics, particularly on the stand-out sequence two-thirds of the way in, of Picture You, Darkness Visible and If I Say. Some people have complained that the album is too long but I don’t agree, if you think of it as a complete, one-hour sequence of music then it works. So yes, recommended.
Ok, this album doesn’t contain the stompers of album 1 & 3, it’s much more subtle. An album you need to listen to properly rather than just have on loud and singalong. It’ll be interesting to see how it transfers to the stage. Very enjoyable
Saw Mumford perform their new album at Birmingham Genting Arena last night, and the crowd absolutely ate it up. They did an audience participation with "if I say", that almost made me cry with joy! Not a bad track on it, possibly my favourite album so far...