By Megan Callahan
Mumford & Sons sophomore album, Babel, is a perfect continuance of Sigh No More. So for those who loved the banjo-heavy, spiritually-aimed, torturous vocals of Marcus Mumford before Babel, this should be your cup of tea. The structural aspects of Babel vary slightly from Sigh No More with songs such as “Holland Road” and “Reminder,” which are very raw and emotional. Yet it still leaves you with that charming English folk sound so many fans have fallen in love with.
Babel, produced by Markus Dravs of Arcade Fire, has its high points with “I Will Wait” and “Babel,” both of which blossom with whoops and hollers and are downplayed with croons and vocal vibratos. But as nice as “I Will Wait” sounds, it is no “Little Lion Man.” Babel is more fluid and cleaner than Sigh No More, but the originality is lacking. The apple didn’t fall from the tree, which leaves the listener deprived and craving the unique sound that we know Mumford & Sons can deliver.
Reared in a very religious family, Marcus Mumford brings forth his roots in almost every track. It’s tough to realize how religious the roots of the album truly are, but with wails of penitence and Jesus name-drops, it’s evident that Christianity is the main theme of the record.
Nonetheless, the track list is indisputably smooth and each single is placed faultlessly. It’s lacking a climactic point, but for those who don’t lyrically dismantle their albums, Babel will suffice.