Mumford & Sons 'Wilder Mind' (album stream)

Mumford & Sons 'Wilder Mind' (album stream)
Judas! Much like Bob Dylan before them, British folkies Mumford & Sons have given up their formative acoustic sound in favour of an electric rock style. This new approach can be heard on their album Wilder Mind, which is out this week (May 5) through Island Records and can be streamed it full right now.

Although this electric sound is very different from the band's banjo-toting, old-tyme acoustic work, it's not too jarring of a departure. Wilder Mind is slick and palatable, with shimmering guitars and spacious synths that evoke the earnestness of bands like Coldplay and U2. Mumford & Sons get a little noisy on tracks like "The Wolf" and "Snake Eyes," but they generally prefer epic grandness over aggression.

Stream the album below (you'll need a Spotify account to hear it). Now if only it weren't too late for the band to change their ball-ache of a name…