This is a lively, seductive album; full of warmth and colour, it’s the sound of a band playing to their strengths.
There’s an authentic feeling to the music here: a refreshing win for artistic integrity. It’s a bit of gamble, and risks alienating many a hipster fan, but in broadening their horizons, Mumford & Sons avoid turning into the musical caricature that had seemed almost inevitable.
As the title suggests, this is an album that explores the very different sides of human experience. It’s bittersweet and very satisfying.