Babel

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  • Summary: The second release for the folk band was produced by Markus Dravs.
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I Will Wait
Well I came home Like a stone And I fell heavy into your arms These days of dust Which we've known Will blow away with this new sun But I'll kneel... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 91
    The band has mastered the emotional gut-punch of quiet/loud dynamics, exploding from low-murmured harmonies into full Appalachian freak-outs.
  2. 80
    It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    67
    There are images of walls and towers in nearly every song, but they don't serve as a unifying theme--a missed opportunity for an album named after a famous tower.
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 19, 2012
    60
    This is ultimately comfortable listening, befitting folk sounds of a resolutely un-freak variety. [Oct 2012, p.96]
  5. Sep 24, 2012
    60
    Two albums in and Mumford & Sons still sound like a talented outfit fused to the starting block, paralyzed by the thought of having to truly race for their lives.
  6. Sep 24, 2012
    50
    While the quartet may be perfectly competent musicians, though, their fundamental conservatism plays against them on Babel, making for an album that's entirely too familiar and safe.
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    10
    I'll admit, the songs on Babel wouldn't be so painful if it weren't for the god-awful "deep" lyricism of Marcus Mumford.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    10
    DaGuruDette knows little about the sheer brilliance of music. The songs a catchy with heartfelt feeling and the lyrics sublime. This isDaGuruDette knows little about the sheer brilliance of music. The songs a catchy with heartfelt feeling and the lyrics sublime. This is /Mumford & Sons at their very best. Sigh No More was the intro. This is the main story. Expand
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    10
    Mumford continues to reunite society with a lost sound of music. Instead of the annoying and irritating hip hop and pop, and artists such asMumford continues to reunite society with a lost sound of music. Instead of the annoying and irritating hip hop and pop, and artists such as Lil Wayne and Maroon 5. Mumford and Sons bring folk music storming back with one of the best albums in the 2010's Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Mumford & Sons are back and better than ever! This is an excellent sophomore album from this wonderful back band from England. It is betterMumford & Sons are back and better than ever! This is an excellent sophomore album from this wonderful back band from England. It is better than Sigh No More? Probably not better, but just as good. I am currently on my 5th listen and I absolutely love it. Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2012
    8
    This album was wonderful! Surprising, happy, sad, large-scale, sometimes all in the same song! The melodies from the vocals and theThis album was wonderful! Surprising, happy, sad, large-scale, sometimes all in the same song! The melodies from the vocals and the instruments and the harmonies are a definite plus in this album. The songwriting was wonderful, every song was a joy to listen to...from a music standpoint. My only problem here are the lyrics. Especially in the title track the lyrics were repetitive and un-entertaining. Other than that, the album was a fun and exhilarating ride. This was a very worthy follow up to the wonderful "Sigh No More" which was also great fun. Great stuff, thanks to Mumford & Sons! 8/10. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2014
    7
    I loved "Sigh No More". It was a great album with some great music. That's why I was looking forward to listen to their next studio effort,I loved "Sigh No More". It was a great album with some great music. That's why I was looking forward to listen to their next studio effort, "Babel". Honestly, it sounds just like their previous album. It's just that this one has more songs. There just isn't much difference in the instrumentals. (That obviously means that they're consistent with their music, which is very good.) If I had heard of Mumford & Sons for the first time because of THIS album, I would have definitely liked it more. The fact is, I've heard all this before, on their debut, "Sigh No More".
    The reason I'm giving this a 7 is because I like this genre of music, and it's a good album on its own.
    Congratulations on winning "Album of the Year" for this, M&S!
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  6. Nov 13, 2015
    6
    After their excellent debut, folk rock favourites Mumford and Sons released ''Babel''.
    I had high expectations for this album, but found
    After their excellent debut, folk rock favourites Mumford and Sons released ''Babel''.
    I had high expectations for this album, but found myself ultimately a little disappointed. Things start fairly well, with the thumping and lively title track, followed up by the rich and promising ''Whispers in the Dark''. The band's first single from the album, ''I will wait'', comes next and easily proves to be the highlight of the album, with it's constant tempo changes and melodies that build into a moving and raucous chorus.
    After that though, things go gradually downhill. While it can't exactly be said that many of the tracks on this album provide poor listening (in fact, musically most are pretty accomplished), in terms of lyrical themes and construction they are generally below par and repetitive.
    Though songs such as ''The ghosts that we knew'', ''Broken Crown'' and ''Hopeless Wanderer'' are aesthetically very decent tunes, in terms of general construction and lyrical content, it's as though they are re-hashed and poor relations of songs that appeared on debut album ''Sigh No More''. What's even more of a shame is that the band seem to have taken the easy ''well we were successful with it before, so why not re-hash it and release it again'' option, rather than being more brave.
    Perhaps the finest piece of songwriting on the album comes in the shape of ''Constant Reminder'', a beautiful, immensely sad and powerful acoustic track; Well thought out, both in terms of lyrics and music. The Mumford's could perhaps have delivered something a little more memorable and longer lasting in memory if they'd have put their minds to it.
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  7. Sep 25, 2012
    0
    I will just quote musicOMH.com: "It truly is awful."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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