THIS is the Mumford & Sons I fell in love with. The whole LP makes me wanna pump my first and cry my fuckin' eyes out at the same time. You know, it sucks that "Emo" became attached to some bubble-gum-soundin' bullshit - because this is emotive pop music at its very core. The pulse of the drumming, the soar of the guitars and synths, the kinda momentum that only builds up the way it does cuz it's a bigger crew of musicians than we're accustomed to hearing within this genre. And fuck genres while I'm at it. Am I cursing too much? Shit even I think so! But, blame Mumford and Sons, because I'm bumpin' this LP on my lil' Beyerdynamic T51i cans and David Solomons' Sony ZX2 (SO sorry David, goin' in the mail this week) and I can't stop hitting repeat on "Tompkins Square Park". This song sounds like I feel right now. How the hell do I encapsulate that? "cuz I just wanna hold you tight without holding back my mind" could be one one of the greatest, most poignantly simple and direct pop music lines of the last decade, IMHO. And using "you and I both know this all too well" in the chorus? That's STRONG - as my dear friend Jim Welch would say. This record captures, much in the way M83's Saturdays = Youth did for Miami (in my head anyway) the ever-increasing pressure that inner-city life throws atcha' - but it does so through some of the smoothest, emotively-charged pop music I've heard in a long damn time. It doesn't feel forced or phony. I believe this band when they're on - and for Wilder Mind they all brought their A game. I've needed it. The last few weeks have been tumultuous, and this record has pulled me back from the depths on a few occasions...
Now, this is gonna sound just plain silly, and maybe even a little dumb, but WTF right? The hum of the music on Wilder Mind flows like the nightlife of a metropolitan area. There's an electrical charge to the music. It amps me up, and makes me feel invincible for a fleeting moment. That's some of the best magic music has to offer: The power to take my mood, my mind, even my body, and transport it elsewhere. No, I don't need some thorazine and an IV drip. I mean the listening experience transcends the notes, the words, even the instruments. You know that magnificent moment, when you're listening to one of your favorite bands, and their music brings back such powerful memories their vividness is awe-inspiring - and you forget your present-day woes? That's how I connect with Mind. There's a silky constant stream of flowy guitars and pounding drums that's so infectious I gotta have my Wilder Mind fix often since I got the LP. Their vocals also compliment each other wonderfully, making for this silky melodic smoothness that creates seamless transitions and story-telling. It's just one of those records that feels like my generation! "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is my Gen X anthem, and it sounds like Mumford and Sons may've captured the collective angst and heartache of this new generation with Wilder Mind. I ain't scared to say I'm just glad I got to experience this pop masterpiece. I'd say to any Mumford & Sons fan: Just get it. Mumford NuJacks: Check it out!!!!
I been lovin' this record via Amarra for TIDAL (comin' SOON)
into the Audeze DECKARD Headphone/DAC
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