Mumford & Sons : Babel

Mumford & Sons have been touring heavily since 2009 in support of Sigh No More, a certified hit that went quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom and double platinum in the US. The acclaim for their debut album set the bar high or a sophomore release, and Babel doesn’t disappoint.

Mumford & Sons has retained their characteristic sound and lyrical delivery, but their career advancement has allowed them to hone their songwriting skills. A recent interview with MTV News indicated the band’s stints in Tennessee, especially Nashville, had a profound influence on their creative abilities in the production of their latest release.

Babel opens strongly with the title song and does little to cool down over the next hour. Marcus Mumford’s emotionally charged delivery is backed by the band’s ability to supplement his distinct voice with foot-stomping, fast-paced rhythms.  The catchy hooks are well-supported by lengthier songs, polished writing and tight melodies. Favorites of mine are “Babel,” “I Will Wait,”“Ghost That We Knew,” “Hopeless Wanderer,” and “Below My Feet.”  These songs work their way into your subconscious, beckoning you to whistle the melody or recite the chorus.

Mumford & Sons have lived up to the expectations and hype with their latest release.  Babel is a more mature version of the band and shows their ability to grow quickly over a short period of time.  This band will surely continue doing big things, but if you’re looking for something great now, Babel is sure to please.

Babel is out now on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records.