Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2015 Ratings: #738 / 771
User Score
Based on 165 ratings
2015 Ratings: #513
May 4, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
Still missing the banjos? Didn’t think so.
80
Billboard

Not only does Wilder Mind reintroduce the band members as rock gods worthy of the title, it does so ­without changing what fans cherished most about them in the first place: their songwriting, their sentiment, their gusto.

80
DIY
The significance of ‘Wilder Mind’ isn’t just its outlier factor - it’s in how it shapes the next two, three Mumford & Sons albums, at the very least. This is a new blueprint, and they’ve emerged a fuller force.
75
Entertainment Weekly

Wilder Mind is too well executed to truly dislike, but it also doesn’t provide many reasons to rally around Mumford & Sons’ brave new world.

70
Rolling Stone

Even amid all the new sounds on Wilder Mind, the impassioned earnestness that made Mumford & Sons stars is still their driving force.

69
Paste

Wilder Mind is the type of mainstream rock record that proliferated in the late ‘90s and early 2000s—more musical and authentic than the schlock around it, but homogenous and fleeting.

65
The 405

For the many people that take great delight in ridiculing the band and putting them down, their cause has only been aided by Mumford's aggressive rebranding, but the honest truth is this; whilst Wilder Mind is not very good, it's really not as bad as you want it to be.

60
Under The Radar

With Wilder Mind, they eschew their recognizable sound, supplanting it with a less memorable collection of songs more readily relegated to background music than either of their previous albums.

50
AllMusic
Without their old-timey affectations, the band seems interchangeable with any number of blandly attractive AAA rockers, a group that favors sound over song -- a curious switch for a purportedly old-fashioned quartet.
50
Slant Magazine

Whatever one felt about the banjos and suspenders, that version of Mumford & Sons at least conjured an opinion. Wilder Mind may be something altogether worse than divisive: unremarkable.

50
A.V. Club

With Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons have morphed from a band that’s easy to either love or hate into a band that’s hard to care much about at all.

50
Sputnikmusic

Given their level of stagnation, it goes without saying that Wilder Mind, for better or for worse, won’t change anyone’s opinion of this band.

50
FasterLouder

Wilder Mind takes the easy option at every turn, inviting comparisons to the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol: bands who are capable of great things, but so often snuggle safely in their comfort zone.

50
Spin

Ultimately, as much as it may shock on first listen the gambit of of Wilder Mind‘s musical about-face might not be as, uh, wild as it initially seems.

40
musicOMH

If Mumford & Sons were looking for a paradigm shift on Wilder Mind, they’ve certainly achieved that: it does sound very different from their previous two albums. Unfortunately, in doing so, they’ve produced the most crushingly average album of the year so far.

40
Drowned in Sound

Wilder Mind is incredibly one-track, so much so that even on your first listen-through, you’ll likely already feel like you’ve heard closer ‘Hot Gates’ five or six times in the past hour.

40
The Guardian

For the most part ... the music on Wilder Mind just passes you by: the nondescript sound of a band trying to shake off an image they feel they’ve outgrown, without coming up with anything to replace it.

30
PopMatters

With each successive album, Mumford & Sons have picked at their own seams, resulting in the slog that is Wilder Mind, which reveals them for the well-dressed automatons that they are.

30
No Ripcord
Each song sounds like the sonic embodiment of utter indifference, only this time it’s accompanied by electric instruments.
20
Pitchfork

It’s fine. But fine is nowhere near good, and, when the music is this empty, it might actually be worse than bad.

18
Pretty Much Amazing

Wilder Mind, airless to the extreme, plods on, song after saccharine song. Melodies do abound. But they’re wearying, like the mundane hell of children’s tunes, blasted on repeat, throughout a long car trip.

siberianbreaks
NR
As we say farewell to the banjo, this new album gives us a taste of what Coldplay would sound like if they covered Coldplay at the Annual Coldplay Convention on International Coldplay Appreciation Day.

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lerkenfeldt
29
Never thought I could be this offened by something so inoffensive.
34
In hindsight, Mumford & Sons’ “fuck the banjo” moment was inevitable—maybe not as early as the third album, but these guys were never a neo-folk band. They were a rock band pretending to be an old-timey string band because that was what was selling at the time, and once this pastiche was no longer necessary, they dropped it. I’d almost have respect for this move if “Wilder Mind” was any good, or even tolerable. Instead, terrible lead single ... read more
dyelir
17
Mumford and Sons get a huge break, as many review websites are clearly DESPERATE for the next great guitar band. They're actually a lot worse of a band than what the general public sees them as and now they've even lost all originality without the banjo. This is quite possibly the worst album of the year because they have simply nothing to offer: a scarcity of catchy hooks (the only reason the album is bearable), bad lyrics, and just downright boring production.
nickfleece
46
Yeah let's take some decent folk music and just remove all the lyricism and textures. Ditmas is a really good song though.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

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Track List

  1. Tompkins Square Park
  2. Believe
  3. The Wolf
  4. Wilder Mind
  5. Just Smoke
  6. Monster
  7. Snake Eyes
  8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
  9. Cold Arms
  10. Ditmas
  11. Only Love
  12. Hot Gates
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