Albums: Mumford & Sons, Best Coast and more

Albums: Mumford & Sons, Best Coast and more
Mumford & Sons: embedded in the middle ground

Rock: Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind (Island Records)

Over the past half-decade, Mumford & Sons have been the soundtrack of David Cameron’s Britain. The Eton-educated band embodied a new, tweedy zeitgeist, the urbanisation of British folk music, which was for so long the preserve of the superstitious underclass. Their furious banjo strumming and honking choruses catapulted them to such mass appeal that they nestled happily in the affections of young royals and the Daily Mail.

So it’s surprising that their third album...

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