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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the British folk rock band was produced by Paul Epworth.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    100
    Delta is their best album yet, spiritual solace wrapped in secular anthems.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Nov 21, 2018
    83
    Delta provides Mumford & Sons a wide range of inventive expressions, allowing them to stay true to their essence: blending the rustic quality of their past with a more majestic approach that underscores the heavier themes of the record. [30 Nov 2018, p.49]
  3. 67
    Though “experimental” may be a bit of an overstatement, the best parts of Delta prove that, in the hands of the right producer, Mumford & Sons remain capable of recording radio-ready earworms that challenge expectations (a little, at least) while still retaining the major qualities that made them superstars in the first place.
  4. 60
    Delta is good but not great.
  5. Nov 19, 2018
    50
    It’s a series of surprisingly coherent and original steps forward, followed by a series of steps both backwards and sideways. I’d venture to say that’s better than continuing to rummage around the status quo at least, even if the cumulative results are still decidedly average.
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    40
    On Delta, the scope of Mumford & Sons’ ambition is far wider than their abilities as songwriters. The result is an hour-long slog with only a few brief realizations of their old potential before the next crescendo hits.
  7. Nov 19, 2018
    40
    Sadly, three minutes of mild excitement are no compensation for the 59 of tedium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    The same soulful, emotional and meaningful lyrics you loved from the previous Mumford and Sons' albums. With a sound, that's electrifying,The same soulful, emotional and meaningful lyrics you loved from the previous Mumford and Sons' albums. With a sound, that's electrifying, energetic and soulful. Delta is everything I love about this band. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    Lyrics and tempo make Delta easy listening and yet provocative. A nice break from some of the more frenetic music nowadays, and yet notLyrics and tempo make Delta easy listening and yet provocative. A nice break from some of the more frenetic music nowadays, and yet not Eyeore style indie music with lots of navel-gazing and nonsense. Marcus Mumford leads vocals and shows a wide range, making the album interesting beginning to end. The live show promises to be interesting with the orchestra and alternative stage set up. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    Delta is the pinnacle of the bands re-invention of themselves. With flawless songwriting throughout, and stunning production from PaulDelta is the pinnacle of the bands re-invention of themselves. With flawless songwriting throughout, and stunning production from Paul Epworth, Mumford and Sons fourth album finds a perfect balance of the sound they have created over the years. Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2018
    7
    The latest album of British former folk-rock band - Mumford and Sons brings nothing that wasn't expected firstly. The central idea of theThe latest album of British former folk-rock band - Mumford and Sons brings nothing that wasn't expected firstly. The central idea of the album directly intertwines with the state the band currently is or perhaps was. Their transition from their former folk identity towards pop/alternative rock is over. Delta presents emotional, well-written experience. Altough it deals with the traditional pop subjects, the band doesnt make it look blunt and tiresome.

    The tracklist of 14 songs perhaps may cause feeling of repetition over the course of the album because of the similiar appeal used in the songs, but the album structure - starting with more active songs and ending with slow-paced songs with the focus on the feelings caused by the lyrics serves as a sufficient balance. Whole album is simply said condensed in the last song Delta, with its slow building up and ending on a higher note, in the waters of rock, with guitars, drums and screaming vocals. In the end, this album doesn't bring you nothing experimental, new or dividing. If you are looking for the emotional experience with the emphasis on the lyrics, you will find this album suitable for you.
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  5. Nov 16, 2018
    6
    Delta officially takes Mumford and Sons away from the refreshing, up-tempo, banjo-driven songs we’ve all come to know and love, with GuidingDelta officially takes Mumford and Sons away from the refreshing, up-tempo, banjo-driven songs we’ve all come to know and love, with Guiding Light being pretty much the sole exception. Yes, there is some build up in the songs as we are used to from Mumford, but not nearly as much as in their golden days.

    The band claims this album is very close to themselves, which is probably the reason for it being more of an emotional journey through the lyrics than an album aimed to please the charts. This is bold and brave, but also takes away some of the Mumford and Sons magic.
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  6. Nov 18, 2018
    6
    Delta is the sound of a band presenting their Kid A without having made their OK Computer. Good but not great and one hell of a missedDelta is the sound of a band presenting their Kid A without having made their OK Computer. Good but not great and one hell of a missed opportunity. For a band known for their no frills, band to the front live performances I fear this will all get lost in translation. Would you ever imagine M&S even considering using auto-tune? I didn't think so Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    The Mumford and Sons we knew and loved from earlier this decade is gone. The band is now stadium pop, with all it's cringe. So long Mumford. IThe Mumford and Sons we knew and loved from earlier this decade is gone. The band is now stadium pop, with all it's cringe. So long Mumford. I guess I'll continue to listen to Sigh No More and Babel, and wish the next album they release returns to their roots. Expand

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