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Mumford and Sons

Babel

Review by Bruce Turner

Formed in 2007, Mumford and Sons are an English folk rock band based out of London England.  The band members are Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. Babel is their latest release. This album is very powerful and has become the disc that stays in my CD player. They’re definitely expressing the biblical side more in this album. It seems almost like a continuation of their first album Sigh No More.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Babel

This piece is a catchy way to start off the CD strong and loud.

Whispers in the Dark
The thing that stands out at first is the nice vocal performance. That said, there are plenty of the familiar instrumentals we’re used to hearing from Mumford and Sons.
I Will Wait
This definitely has top hit potential.  
Holland Road
With deep lyrics, this song sticks with you well after you have listened to it.
Ghosts that We Knew
This might be the best song ever. It’s just beautiful and sounds like a timeless classic.
Lover of the Light
This has a spiritual sound and is nicely constructed.
Lover’s Eyes

Here is one of their slower songs.

Reminder
A short, but good song, this is just Marcus Mumford and the guitar.
Hopeless Wanderer
This is powerful. I like the message of traveling through life hopelessly.
Broken Crown

Here we get a heavy hitter, and I’m a big fan of this one. It features some excellent instrumentals.

Not with Haste
This has on old hymn sound and proves that they have a great way of communicating to their fans through their music.
 
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