At that time I know the British troops on the Bookshop Unplugged session and learned to love. As this energy, the playful banjo, a suffering lead singer and each hand and each foot had been connected to an instrument. As someone who lived with and through music! Impressive. The whole thing worked then also non-visually on board. "Sigh No More" brought me into hitherto unknown soundscapes traversed since my folk hitherto remained rather closed. Stirring and stirring was then also the second album "Babel" with the same recipe for success.
Live, the four top notch! But already the second album I asked myself how long a banjo and the Pub image of a band could well bear fruit .....
When Marcus Mumford then to the collective of "The New Basement Tapes" merged with other fellow musicians and Bob Dylan's archives looted, I found this very exciting. "Kansas City" I liked right away and Marcus' voice work on blues-tinged coattails incredibly well. A harmony unfolded and the thought came inevitably to whether that could be a harbinger of the third album.
And what a! Already on the heartbreaking opening song "Tompkins Square Park" drop the unknown fast drums with the door into the house. An electric guitar plucks slightly to the fore and the studio mixer has done a perfect job on the microphone voices: in the depths of sounds full of Marcus, softer subsided. That it does not work to clean and therefore sterile, the fact remains owed that lyrical little has changed and continues to like Marcus suffers from the stroke corset addition. Because that does the best is still as before. "No flame burns forever" he sings and so many fans first hour signs it immediately, because he feels snubbed.
Well, people develop and thus their music. Whether you are a fan or musician. The Folk has now been placed on "Wilder mind" and exchanged for suitable stadium rock with Synthielementen. The target group is therefore clearly targeted and the sound aesthetic has changed a lot but this one might finally hear from diehard musicians! Only some content is entered on the spot. Emotions play a major role. Happy family fathers and mothers of families, so read less again, which brings us back in the development of .....
Somewhere under the dash does not reverse the British their roots back to, but replace the acoustics to electronics instruments and to discover how to create more sound designs, is obvious. A bold move, I think. And since music is always perceived subjectively, I can only say for myself, that they have reached me completely.
Exciting the tour will be when the older material collides with the new and who knows, maybe the result is a symbiosis that works great! If you want to make the effort, may like to "Little Lion Man", "Hopeless Wanderer" and "Tompkins Square Park" enter (in this order) in his playlist. Had hoped that the initial skepticism of many turns into open arms ;-)
A rock album on which are the ghosts. The wanted Mumford & Sons certainly not, but their rich diversity and spread their handset into accompany in other climes.
Whoever finds the first two albums super, they should continue to enjoy because they are top notch. Who does not want to follow the development of the rock, it does not have to do, but this would be a pity about the music, because the remains on "Wilder mind" succeeded.