Mumford & Sons have returned to bless our ears with more songwriting and lyrical genius with Babel the follow up to the hugely successful debut album Sigh No More.
The London folk-rock quartet grace the world once again after 2 years of sell out tours – including their “Gentlemen of the Road” tour – countless awards including a Brit award, a documentary film, oh… and 5 million record sales to their name. As a folk band from London, Mumford & Sons have certainly solidified themselves as a big name in the music industry. But this is not surprising considering they have such a unique sound and songwriting style. There really is, no-one like them out there.
“Babel,” the opening track to the album, is a powerful number with a refined nature that displays a beautiful light and shade in the track, making it clear already that none of the band’s songwriting skills have been lost.
The single release “I Will Wait” is all too familiar to our ears after adopting the similar structure found in songs on the first record. Wiith a big chorus it doesn’t disappoint, even despite being named, “The worst song on the album” by the band themselves. The choruses only get bigger from here on as the album moves to “Lover of the Light” and “Below My Feet.”
The harmonies on this album are just as sweet if not even sweeter than Sigh No More. “Holland Road,” “Ghosts That We Knew” and “Lovers Eyes” all wrap up the listener in an air of gloriousness. But it’s in tracks like “Reminder” where this album really grabs you. It’s all that’s good about the band, but in its most simplistic form, even more-so than “Timshel,” one can only imagine what those two songs would sound like played back to back in a live setting.
There’s definitely a familiarity with this album, but that being said there are subtle nuances throughout each track which set this apart from the writing on the debut. The sparkle of album closer “Not With Haste” really shows the new edge to their writing, with a kind of self assurance to the lyrical writing. A perfect end to what Mumford & Sons fans will agree on as a very well-balanced second album.