Album Review: ‘Babel’ by Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

By Emma Groome

Rating: 6/10

Perhaps as one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2012, Mumford & Sons’ Babel brings another twelve songs’ worth of beautifully crafted lyrics, footstomping instrumentals, and enough spine-tingling four-part harmony to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

In short, it’s wonderful, it’s poetic, and I can say little to fault it, apart from one thing: I’ve heard it all before.

Though it hits the nail on the head musically, I couldn’t help feeling a little bit disappointed by it. 2009’s Sigh No More brought with it an exciting revival in folk-rock, and gave a new, refreshing and powerful name to British music. During the three year break however, the dust has settled, and the excitement has faded. I only hoped that they could rustle up the same thrill again.

That doesn’t mean to say credit shouldn’t be given to where it’s due. Mumford and his men have created something excellent, and definitely worth a listen. If you fell in love with the first album, then this couldn’t be better, but if, like me, you hoped for something a little bit more, it might not quite make the mark.

Highlights:

Hopeless Wanderer – Gritty, powerful and probably the one stand out song of the album.

The Boxer – A beautiful take on the Paul Simon classic.

Photography: Kmeron on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

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