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On their lat­est al­bum, Mumford & Sons em­brace their in­ner, well, Mumford & Sons

Esquire (UK) - - Culture -

Any day now, the mem­bers of Mumford & Sons — Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane and Win­ston Mar­shall — will be

lug­ging their bat­tered Glo­be­trot­ter suit­cases down from

their at­tics, dust­ing off their waist­coats and fold­ing up their ban­jos (or wait, is it the other way round?) in or­der to com­mence a 63-date tour which will take them

to Auck­land and Am­s­ter­dam, Basel and Buf­falo, Cleve­land and Cologne, in sup­port of their new al­bum, Delta. That’s right, 63.

What­ever you think of their sar­to­rial or in­stru­men­tal in­stincts, there’s no deny­ing that the Bri­tish folk-rock band are a phe­nom­e­non, whose pop­u­lar­ity shows no sign of wan­ing in the nearly 10 years since their de­but

al­bum, Sigh No More, was re­leased. And while pre­vi­ous records might have tried to change things and pla­cate the haters, with their fourth al­bum, pro­duced by Paul Ep­worth, they’re go­ing for un­abashed crescen­do­ing cho­ruses, soulsearch­ing, love-struck lyrics and yes, ban­jos up the ka­zoo. And you know what? If you set aside your

snob­bery it’s jolly, joy­ous and up­lift­ing. Be­cause Mumford & Sons are very good at what they do, as 63 packed sta­di­ums around the world will shortly con­firm.

Delta (Gen­tle­men of the Road/Is­landRecords) is out on 16 Novem­ber

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