Album Review: “Babel” by Mumford & Sons

 

The English band Mumford & Sons emerged on the indie folk rock scene in 2007, but it wasn’t until their first album, “Sigh No More,” released in 2009 that the band gained the recognition I think it deserves.

Featuring simple kick drum beats to accompany the talented performance on banjo, guitar, violin, and other stringed instruments, along with lead singer Marcus Mumford’s powerful voice, the band carved a niche for itself and established a strong cult following.

The band’s newest album, “Babel,” which was released earlier this year on Sept. 25, features more of its “signature” style.

The members of Mumford & Sons don’t diverge from what has made them loved; rather, they enhance on what they’ve already established.

Writing in more parts for piano and violin, and featuring a drum kit including more than just one bass drum, the band has made this album much more varying than their first album’s often repetitive, similar sound between songs.

I think the music itself is great, but the band’s true talent lies in terms of lyrics. It’s clear the group’s creativity tanks are far from empty.

The words of the songs from “Sigh No More” and “Babel” deal with the struggles of young men, including lust, love, guilt, betrayal and faith, all with Biblical themes.

The album’s titled of “Babel” itself suggests religious undertones. The story of the Tower of Babel was told in the Bible and tells the tale of the seperation of languages.

The members of Mumford & Sons are different, even for musicians in an indie band. They’re different than the commercial music I hear blasting through every car radio: the autotuned, pop garbage by “artists” who are nothing more than a face a record label can sell.

Mumford & Sons’ newest album features something not often heard through music nowadays: true talent with an honest passion to back it up. If you’ve never heard folk music before, “Babel” is a perfect start.

I recommend you give it a listen, you just might fall in love with the genre.