Delta (Mumford & Sons album)

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Delta
Mumford & Sons – Delta.png
Studio album by
Released16 November 2018 (2018-11-16)
StudioThe Church (London)
Length61:48
Label
ProducerPaul Epworth
Mumford & Sons chronology
Johannesburg
(2016)
Delta
(2018)
Singles from Delta
  1. "Guiding Light"
    Released: 20 September 2018
  2. "If I Say"
    Released: 25 October 2018

Delta is the fourth studio album by British band Mumford & Sons. It was released on 16 November 2018 through Gentlemen of the Road and Island Records.[1] The album was recorded at The Church Studios in London with producer Paul Epworth.[1]

The album is supported by the lead single, "Guiding Light", which was premiered on 20 September 2018 on BBC Radio 1.[1] It will also be supported by a 60-date world tour to begin in November 2018.[2]

Recording[edit]

The band recorded more than 25 songs with Paul Epworth at The Church Studios, and were intent on keeping the "collaborative spirit" of their live shows and 2016 EP Johannesburg.[3] Marcus Mumford has said that much of the album was recorded in "non-gender specific Friday night lads sessions" with friends where they would play music, "smoke cigarettes and have a great time".[3] Around 100 people were involved in these sessions, with some being featured on the record, including American singer-songwriters Maggie Rogers and Gill Landry.[3]

Music and themes[edit]

Delta has been called an album that "draw[s] on the shared experience of being on and off" tour, and distinct from the band's "anthemic" previous album, 2015's Wilder Mind, in that it is more "tender", "introspective and reflective".[1] It will incorporate elements of electronica, rap and jazz.[3] It has been said to still contain the "intimacy and jubilance" that the band is known for,[2] but keyboard player Ben Lovett said it is also concerned with "the four Ds: death, divorce, drugs and depression".[3] Marcus Mumford spoke to Annie Mac about reusing folk instruments they did not use on Wilder Mind but being "conscious [about] how we can make these instruments sound not like these instruments which opened up a whole new world for us".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[5]
The Guardian2/5 stars[6]
NME3/5 stars[7]
Paste8.5/10[8]
Pitchfork5.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[10]
The Telegraph5/5 stars[11]

The album received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 18 reviews.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Delta debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 237,000 album-equivalent units, including 214,000 pure album sales.[12] It is Mumford & Sons' third US number-one album.[12] It was beaten to the top spot in the UK by Michael Bublé's Love.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and performed by Mumford & Sons.

No.TitleLength
1."42"4:00
2."Guiding Light"3:37
3."Woman"4:34
4."Beloved"4:25
5."The Wild"5:31
6."October Skies"3:43
7."Slip Away"4:55
8."Rose of Sharon"3:23
9."Picture You"4:03
10."Darkness Visible"3:11
11."If I Say"4:29
12."Wild Heart"5:05
13."Forever"4:36
14."Delta"6:16
Total length:61:48

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 30
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[19] 39
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 28
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 21
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 114
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 18
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[28] 6
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[30] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 2
US Billboard 200[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Aubrey, Elizabeth (20 September 2018). "Mumford & Sons return with 'Guiding Light' and announce details of new album". NME. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Shepherd, Jack (20 September 2018). "Mumford & Sons announce new album Delta, release single 'Guiding Light'". The Independent. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Rutherford, Mark (20 September 2018). "Inside Mumford and Sons' Wildly Experimental Fourth Album 'Delta'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Delta by Mumford & Sons Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (15 November 2018). "Delta – Mumford & Sons". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  6. ^ Snapes, Laura (16 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons: Delta review – a lightweight lunge for mass appeal". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  7. ^ Bassett, Jordan (16 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons – 'Delta' review". NME. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ Zimmerman, Lee (13 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons: Delta Review". Paste. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  9. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (20 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons: Delta Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  10. ^ Dolan, Jon (16 November 2018). "Review: Mumford and Sons' Epic Bummer 'Delta'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  11. ^ McCormick, Neil (15 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons, Delta, review: dark and thrilling, this is their best album yet". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (25 November 2018). "Mumford & Sons Score Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Delta'". Billboard. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  13. ^ Copsey, Rob (23 November 2018). "Michael Buble scores his fourth Number 1 with Love on the Official UK Albums Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mumford & Sons – Delta" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mumford & Sons – Delta" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mumford & Sons – Delta" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Mumford Sons Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201847 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Hitlisten.NU – Album Top-40 Uge 47, 2018". Hitlisten. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mumford & Sons – Delta" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Mumford & Sons: Delta" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 47, 2018)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Mumford & Sons – Delta" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 23 November 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 47". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  28. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 47, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 47: del 16.11.2018 al 22.11.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 24 November 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  32. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mumford & Sons – Delta". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Mumford & Sons – Delta". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 30, 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Delta in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.