MARCUS MUMFORD – SELF-TITLED
MARCUS Mumford’s first solo album outside of his long-time band, Mumford & Sons, explores the feelings of guilt and hopelessness he has experienced over the years.
It’s a tough listen, but there is also release, and sincere artistry that tends towards a stripped back take on classic American heartlands rock.
Mumford for the most part adheres to the quiet-then-loud format of song writing – a near guarantee of emotional heft. But he needn’t. These songs, which range from the plaintive Only Child to the freewheeling Better Off High, come with their own power.
They are solid pieces of song writing delivered with deep feeling, and bolstered with the help of female collaborators like Brandi Carlile and Phoebe Bridgers.