Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - SARAH COMEY

If noth­ing else, Delta teaches us that it’s not al­ways worth hold­ing out hope for redemp­tion. Mumford’s fourth ef­fort is an­other mud­dled slog through a spate of sounds that don’t re­ally suit them; it’s the faux-folk­ers’ long­est al­bum (at a pun­ish­ing 61 min­utes), yet it of­fers their least in­no­va­tion, wa­ter­ing down the quirky banjo-pop charisma they cut their teeth on with unin­spired rhythm lines, ba­sic or­ches­tral struc­tures (we get it, guys, you can af­ford ses­sion mu­si­cians) and an over­bear­ing slick of synths that add gen­uinely noth­ing to songs that feel more like shower-borne ideas than fully fleshed-out tracks. It’s less soul­less than 2015’s WilderMind, but that’s not say­ing much.

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