Mumford & Sons dropped its third studio album, Wilder Mind, earlier this week. They celebrated by performing the lead single from the LP, "Believe" -- the first Mumford track to showcase the band's new sonic direction -- on Late Show With David Letterman. As Consequence of Sound notes, the group also performed a full set on the new web series, Legends on Letterman.
The band, sporting plenty of plugged-in instruments, ran through the huge, U2-esque tune much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Check out the performance below.
Marcus Mumford and Co. also performed nine songs spanning their whole career. "The Cave" was the only cut from 2009's Sigh No More and "I Will Wait" was the lone track from 2012's Babel. The rest of the setlist was comprised of new songs from Wilder Mind.
So far, Mumford's new album has received mixed reviews.
"I expected to HATE HATE HATE Wilder Mind, almost on principle alone," Carolyn Menyes wrote for Music Times. "Why mess with a good thing, Mumford? What we had with you was special. And when the lead single "Believe" was released, this sort of faux U2, drippy Coldplay wannabe anthem, I knew I would hate Wilder Mind. What was this drivel? Then, when Wilder Mind first landed in my hands a week ago, I did end up hating it. The album made the 48 minutes I spent with it feel like three hours -- it was just so boring.
"But, I don't know, I pushed through it all and I've since listened to this record about a dozen times, and now... I don't know if I can say that I love Wilder Mind, but I've willingly listened to it a lot, and I think I actually LIKE it. I'm shocked," she added.