Mumford & Sons recently released a new single entitled, "Believe." I know they've gone from underground cool to everyone's parents thinking they are "hip" and "relevant", but I still like their stuff and am legitimately excited for their new album. I've listened to "Believe" a few times over, and here are some initial thoughts:
It should be noted, I credit 90% of my "inside" information to Daniel Fulton
- It's definitely a different sound. But I'm OK with that. They had to try something new after two albums that sounded very similar. It "works" but...
- It sounds like Coldplay, especially the first minute or so of the song (e.g., lots of synth, and Chris Martin inspired harmonies)
- They claim their inspiration for the album was Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. I hope so.
- The lyrics seemed a little contrived, but to quote my brother-in-law, that's kind of to be expected with Mumford.
- I couldn't place the sound of the electric guitar midway through the song--again, my brother-in-law to the rescue. Apparently The National helped M&S find the album's "identity."
In sum, "Believe" helps introduce their fans to a new sound, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are keeping the album's best songs in their back pocket for a bit longer.
If you haven't heard it yet: