Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’

1 Oct

Whilst Psy causes a riot on the singles chart, the Battle-of-the-Comebacks continues on the album charts. Folk-rock band, Mumford & Sons claimed their first number one yesterday with their second album, ‘Babel‘ after fighting off the first instalment of Green Day’s trilogy.

Their début album, ‘Sigh No More‘ only peaked at number two back in 2009, but with the new release, it re-entered the charts at number ten in yesterday’s update. ‘Sigh No More‘ had a massive impact on the alternative and mainstream airwaves, as the band’s unique sound was embraced as refreshing. The quartet was showered with admiration across the pond, as their roots inspired soundscape reinvented folk-rock, granting London-born musicians six Grammy nominations. This début was one I, and countless others, just couldn’t get enough of, and since then I’ve had a lot of respect for the band’s incredible talent. However, after a brief listen of ‘Babel‘, I felt the spell was broken and I came away from it with a ‘been-there-done-that’ attitude.

Where ‘Sigh No More‘ was raw and edgy, ‘Babel‘ is tamed by hours of studio abuse. The lyrics are consistently poetic above the frustrated plucking of strings, but there is a darkness hidden in the record carried by the rough, yet alluring, vocals. The début was bouncy and fun, and so ‘Babel‘ acts as an anchor that pulls the band back down to Earth. The romances are heart-wrenching as the tracks are overwhelming personal; you cannot help but feel you are intruding on the writer’s most private thoughts. However, that fierce desire to play and write potent music that thrills during live shows, outside of the messy world of politics, is still burning at the album’s heart. The soundscapes are chaotic with an abundance of strings and horns that further illustrate the riotous emotions already expressed in the lyrics.

Babel’ is not a bad album. It still showcases Mumford & Sons’ glorious talent, but it just does not have the same joyous and refreshing affect that we saw with ‘Sigh No More‘.

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2 Responses to “Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’”

  1. sassbidefan89 October 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Love this band, I just wrote about them on my blog and I love this song

  2. inbetweenthespeakers October 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Love this band too! xx

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