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Babel the next installment from Mumford and sons
Babel - Mumford & Sons
Member Name: claireylulu
Babel - Mumford & Sons
Advantages: Not a track I dislike, gets your foot tapping and singing.
Disadvantages: Not quite as brilliant as Sigh no More
Mumford and sons music will always hold a special place in my heart. My boyfriend introduced my brother-in-law to the first album Sigh No More and he became addicted. We all enjoyed the album and the different type of music they have produced at the time but not like he did. And when he died last year everyone mentioned his love for Mumford and sons music and how he converted many friends, comrades and family to their music. So when they released their new album in September of last year it was a must.
If you haven't heard of Mumford and Sons before (which I find hard to believe) they are an indie/folk band. If you are into really up beat dance music move on now. That isn't too say some of their tracks aren't upbeat and you will find your foot just can't help but tap! After that brilliant first album Sigh No More I was a little dubious that they could provide an album as good if not better and personally I feel maybe they haven't but compared to other music in the charts at the time of the release and after it is up there with the best. Someone once said to me Mumford and sons music all sounds the same and in reply I said that's because you can't appreciate good written music with meaning lyrics because that is what they offer.
The album consists of twelve tracks lasting a total of 52 minutes. Of the twelve tracks three of the tracks have been released to date. The first being track number 3 I will wait in August 2012, the second being track number 6 Lover of the light in November 2012 and the third being track number 2 Whispers in the dark March 2013. The album itself debuted at number one and became the fastest selling album of 2012.
The album begins with the track that the album is named after Babel. I have to admit there isn't really a track that I don't like on the album. This one starts off quite upbeat but don't be fooled as its lyrics are quite deep. It is a certain one to get you feet taping. Moving onto the released Whisper in the dark they slow the pace down that is the thing about Mumford and sons you find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster through their album. The words of their songs are deep their instrumental music is a joy to listen too. I will wait the third track on the album is like a rollercoaster itself the intro starting off upbeat but the singing comes in and the tone is bought down for it gather pace again. You will find yourself bleating out those words 'I will wait, I will wait for you' at the top of your voice. I find myself doing it every time I have it on in the car.
My two favourites (if I have to choose) tracks are number 4 Holland Road and track number 6 Lover of the Light. Holland Road is maybe one that not everyone will like. It begins slowly and quite mournful talking about being beaten down by your callous mind but as the pace of the music picks up so does the mood of the song as 'I rose and I rose , and I paid less time, to your callous mind.' The music in this particular song is excellent and is probably one of the main reasons I like it as it shows of their talents and again is one I can join in with! The other track Lover of the Light has been released so will probably be more known to many of you but still a joy. As with most albums the first half of the tracks get listened to the most and that is no different with me but I try to make that extra effort to listen to the last tracks of the album and this is an album I would highly recommend you do so with the likes of Hopeless wonderer and Below my feet.
Mumford and Sons have been criticised for being repetitive with their music especially with the pace of the music beginning loud then quieten and becoming loud again. But I personally I like the fact I know what I am getting. Compared to their first album it maybe does lack that bit originality they first had but it still gets me singing and tapping my foot. To me this album is best played in the car nice and loud!
Summary: Mumford and sons - not very everyone but I love their music.