Despite the abundance of generic songs in the album, there are a few enjoyable ones. “Forever” has a catchy chorus along with pleasurable chords and rhythms. Unlike other songs featured on “Delta”, it successfully provided me with a sense of connectedness to the song due to its well-constructed lyrics and empowering instrumentation. In addition, the first single from the album that the band released, “Guiding Light,” is a free-spirited tune, conjuring positive feelings with its uplifting sound and heartfelt vocals. It reminded me of the enthusiastic songs featured on their previous albums, and I wish that these type of songs would be more prevalent throughout this album.
If gaining more popularity is Mumford & Sons’ goal for this album, then they should continue with their experimentation of pop-influenced music, because it seems to be what consumers enjoy. According to Billboard, the release for “Delta” was the biggest week for an alternative rock band this year, consisting of 230,000 album sales. The quartet also reached their position as number one album in the United States for the third time. However, I believe that they should stray away from this pitfall. Bands like Imagine Dragons and Coldplay have been very successful in mastering the art of making enjoyable alternative music mainstream, but this band would be much better off if they stuck to their folk roots.
Mumford & Sons’ latest album, “Delta,” consists of only a couple memorable tunes and a few too many pop songs that fail to add diversity to the album. There was nothing particularly outstanding about this album, and their previous releases have had much greater outcomes. In the next few years, when they release their next album, they will hopefully decide to come around, returning to the style of music that they have been producing since the beginning of their career.
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