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Mumford & Sons


Fourth full-length studio release from the London alt-folk quartet produced by Paul Epworth

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  1. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Ultimately, these stadium-sized shout-outs bode well for Mumford and Sons’ future
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  2. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    As they mark a decade since their debut, Mumford & Sons are growing into their big themes and earnest lyrics. Delta has the songs to secure their status as one of the biggest bands in the world
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  3. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Those looking for irony in their pop music need not apply
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  4. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The band return with radio-ready earworms that still challenge expectations
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  5. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It’s all very dramatic, both thematically and sonically, with virtually every track following the same pattern: quiet, bit louder, LOUD
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  6. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A decade on from their debut, the British darlings of Americana explore new musical territory
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  7. 6.0 |   Uncut

    On their fourth album, all pretense at rootsy authenticity is gone - this is machine-tooled stadium pop, with producer Paul Epworth in the Brian Eno role. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Rectifies the dissonance between intimate songwriting and high-end programming and production
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  9. 6.0 |   NME

    It’s a far from perfect album, but the band’s hunger for new sounds must be applauded
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Often, the moments of interest get flattened by a wave of arena-ready bombast. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    This is a band that needs to shrink back a little. Print edition only

  12. 5.8 |   Pitchfork

    Having shed the beardy affect and folksy shuffle, the band could now slip mostly unnoticed between Imagine Dragons and twenty one pilots, but their newly palatable sound could really use more quirks
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  13. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A series of surprisingly coherent and original steps forward...followed by a series of steps both backwards and sideways
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  14. 5.0 |   All Music

    There is emotion, but it's been intentionally encased in a digital cocoon, one that flattens the group's bold accents (such as an embrace of vocoders) and turns Delta into soft, shimmering background music, ideal for any soothing setting you'd like
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  15. 4.0 |   DIY

    They’re back flogging another set of empty epics

  16. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    New clobber, new sound, same old cliches
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  17. 4.0 |   The Music

    According to Mumford, the album represents a place where 'order meets chaos and shelter meets wilderness' – and if that sounds like some bullshit, it’s because it is
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  18. 4.0 |   The Observer

    There’s the odd stirring, lighters-aloft chorus – the title track, The Wild (although it takes a very long time to get there), Slip Away – but for the most part this is little more than Coldplay stripped of the panache
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  19. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Mums were much more likable back when they were pretending to be coal miners who churned their own butter. Compared to this stuff, that was a decent look
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  20. 2.0 |   The FT

    This ambitious failure is swollen with stadium-sized musical bluster
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