Change is good, even if change means ditching the instrumentation and genre that made you famous in favor of a typical rock setup for your first record in three years. That's the attitude Mumford and Sons are taking with Wilder Mind, their third album and the first serious departure they've made from the taut, acoustic twang of the alterna-folk they helmed on both Sigh No More and Babel. The intricate, sotto voce harmonies, the banjolin, and the muslin and wool articles of their vintage wardrobe have been ditched in favor of anthemic, arena-ready bangers and a sharper musical palette, and Saturday Night Live served as the first opportunity for many of their fans to hear Wilder Mind's singles weeks before the record drops on May 4.
Screenshot Mumford and Sons played new tracks from Wilder Mind on Saturday Night Live.
And while plenty of them responded to Mumford's new penchant for plugged-in, turned-up rock 'n' roll with support, encouragement, and elation, the majority reacted as a little kid would when they see their dad for the first time after he's shaved his mustache: "WHY DID YOU DO THAT? WHY DID THIS CHANGE? PUT IT BAAAAACK!"More »