Album Review: Mumford & Sons – Babel
Mumford & Sons, the hit folk group from West London best known for songs such as “the Cave” and “Little Lion Man,” has just released their second album, Babel. The record hit shelves in late September of this year and retains what fans from all over the world have loved about their music.
With the release of the single “I Will Wait,” the wait for the album became almost unbearable. Followers everywhere reveled in the beauty of the lyrics and the emotions evoked from the fusion of percussion and acoustics. At long last, when the album finally was released, listeners everywhere gathered together around their iPods, stereos, laptops, and turntables to listen to Babel.
In comparison to their first album, Sigh No More, Babel lacks the new taste and originality many listeners were searching for. It felt more like a continuation of Sigh No More as opposed to a new album. The songs on the album are fairly hit and miss if listened to as singles, but when listened to in one sitting, the album speaks volumes. The songs show the feelings of the band as they are on tour, the basis of the album, and allows fans to join them in their longing for home and their personal lives.
The band shows their true talent and ability as they seamlessly go from heavy folk to relaxed tones, which is what many felt made Sigh No More so enjoyable and moving. Babel shows the same display of talent throughout its journey, which gives it the signature feel of a Mumford & Sons album. Each song is diverse from the others, but without them, the album would not be complete.
If you are searching for a new side of Mumford & Sons, don’t expect it from Babel, but if you are searching for the same perfection in sound and lyrics of Sigh No More, definitely take the time to listen to listen to this record. Fans will not be disappointed, unless they longed for more diversity and a new sound, which was not the path taken with Babel.
-Eddie van Osterom