Babel – Mumford & Sons
If you were to ask any member of the public a few years ago if a band dressed like they worked on a farm and performed folk music would become internationally recognisable, you’d be ridiculed but that’s exactly what has happen with Mumford & Sons. Their 2009 debut was a surprise and up to now is still an indie gem full of foot stomping anthems that many songwriters dream about making so it’s no surprise that the build up to Mumford’s new album was full of both excitement as well as anxiety. It can be said that most of these worries can be put to rest as Babel has delivered the goods.
Whereas their debut started off with the chilling Sigh No More before venturing off into The Cave and Winter Winds, Mumford are very much aware of where they are in the media’s attention as a refreshing, energetic band and so start off with Babel, a track that’ll be on their setlist at gigs and festivals for years to come which is followed up Whispers In The Dark, a song full of beautiful lyrics and a classic chorus that will have fans of the band shouting and screaming during it from the top of their lungs. It’s at this point in the album that you would expect things to die down into something a bit slow but with the confidence that the band are showing, they belt out hit after hit showing that they’ve not lost the same charisma that have made the band instantly recognisable. So what can be wrong with something full of enthralling tracks that are admirable and brilliant? Well the problem with Babel is it seeming a little too safe which can be argued as being exactly what fans wanted but it almost seems like there’s something Mumford are holding back on and they may just be waiting for their third album which is currently in development to showcase this but this may leave some fans feeling a little let down but with tracks like Lover Of The Light and Hopeless Wanderer, they’ll hardly be complaining.
Babel is proof that Mumford & Sons deserve to be in the position that they’re at in the music world and the charisma that they portray in both of their albums is best to be experienced live. Babel’s only downfall is the fact that it plays it safe and many like myself would like to see them experiment with their sound to show progression that would make their mark on the music world. Babel is proof that they’re well on their way to do so.