Music: Mumford and Son’s ‘Babel’

WITH MUMFORD and Sons’ debut award winning album Sigh No More being the huge hit that it was (going double platinum), it was always a worry that their second album would never live up to the first. These worries are unfounded- Babel is just as good as the first album is at bringing the folk rock genre back to the mainstream. The way the album is produced makes it sound like we are listening to it in our living rooms.

“I Will Wait”, the first single from the album, gets you pumped up from the start with the folksy strumming and warm tone of the tune. The chorus of the song is the stand out moment for Mumford and Sons so far in their career, with the rich harmonies, “I will wait, I will wait for you.” along with the excellent instrumental accompaniment of acoustic guitars, bass drums and, of course, the banjo, combining effectively together to create what we all enjoy most about Mumford.

The music is not overly different, but undoubtedly Mumford, showing that they aren’t going to change from their initial origins. They have returned with a finer version of their first music, one that gives us another twelve tracks of the distinctively unique but altogether richer Mumford sound.

“Babel”, the title track of the album, is a great rhythmic tune that immediately gets you straight back to the heart of the Mumford sound, pulling everything that they do into one great track. The expertly played instruments, combined with the powerful vocals of Marcus Mumford create one big tone changing whirl of enjoyment. The vocals really show the diversity that Marcus can deliver to the lyrics in Babel and how much more confident he has become as an artist.

Overall, the album shows the best and a much more louder and bolder Mumford, making the excitement to see the album performed live that much greater! The album does not travel too far from the first; it is more of a part two, yet this should not detract from the fact that the whole album is brilliantly finished and masterfully crafted into a finer, more polished Mumford sound.