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Babel (Digipack With Bonus Tracks) Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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Wilder Mind was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demo'd at Aaron Dessner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in ... Read more in Amazon's Mumford & Sons Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B008LTI2E8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Babel is the second studio album from London folk rockers Mumford and Sons, following the phenomenally successful debut Sigh No More (2009). This deluxe edition comes housed in digipak packaging and features three bonus tracks--"For Those Below", "The Boxer" featuring Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon, and "Where Are You Now"--as well as the single "I Will Wait".

BBC Review

For some reason many people seem to have an issue with Mumford & Sons. This might be because they see the group’s music as being some way north of corporate. Safe enough indeed that M&S – that’s an unfortunate diminution, right there – were flown to Washington DC to perform during a summit between David Cameron and Barack Obama. But this criticism seems harsh: after all, where’s the point in judging a band by criteria that don’t apply to the music at hand?

That said, the music Mumford & Sons make is not all that safe. The group do not sound like anyone else, and the songs on Babel – as with those on debut album Sigh No More, a top five release in both the US and the UK – don’t adhere to the kind of formula one might adopt were they attempting to second-guess the pop charts.

Although the songs are melodic and accessible, they are far from routine; heavy rhythms dominate the floor of most tracks, while frontman Marcus Mumford’s impassioned and rasping vocals give the air of a man who is at least singing for his supper, and on occasions even his life.

Despite what the haters might say, this is impressive stuff. The beautiful and stirring Holland Road speaks of someone being “cut down”, while an ominous drumbeat suggests footsteps trudging away, frustrated and alone.

Whispers In The Dark flutters like a quickly beating heart, its melodies drifting in and out of focus as the song's mood shifts from gentle refrain to dominant force.

Best yet is closing track Not With Haste, a fragile ballad that shimmers like sunshine on an empty sea. As this track builds force, Mumford asserts that “I am what I am”, although he may have added that he is not what many people assume.

Mumford & Sons are a fine modern folk band who have found ways to breathe new life into an ancient form of music. In an ideal world, it would be nice if the group were afforded the credit they deserve before they, too, fade into the past.

--Daryl Easlea

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2012
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"Can they really follow Sigh No More?" That was the question that every person who loved Mumford & Sons' début album wanted answered. My answer is a resounding yes; Babel is nothing less than brilliant. Musically, there is no departure at all. The sound is very similar to their first album, but the songs are different enough to feel like a brand new collection of compositions, the vocal delivery is so incredibly passionate, the music so powerful and driving, with so many different dynamics being manipulated to fantastic effect, it feels every bit the equal to its predecessor. This is one of those albums that sounds better and better with every listen and every track on this album has something special to offer. If I had to pick one track as a favourite, it would be "Lover Of The Light", which is absolutely superb, but right behind it, vying for attention, are at least half a dozen of the other tracks. "Holland Road", for example, is sensational, as is "I Will Wait". The highlights are numerous and joyous and I can't recommend this album highly enough, especially to those who loved their excellent first release. The difficult second album has been tackled and it's a triumph - the third may be a little more tricky as I'm not sure another album sounding exactly the same will satisfy the fan base.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gary Crossley on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's odd how this band stirs up such strange emotions. I have a friend who gets animated at the mere mention of M&S (such an unfortunate acronym!), his irritation with their music inexplicably extreme in my view. I lent Babel to another friend who sent it straight back saying we clearly had different musical tastes. And yet despite these friendly opinions I just can't help liking Babel, and the more I play it the more I like it. So what do I like about Babel - I think it's a combination of the melancholic lyrics, great musicianship and quality acoustic delivery. Ghosts that we Know is my favourite by a whisker. This album is clearly not for everyone but it does the job for me (PS if you like it as much as I do then try the Band from Rockall, you won't be disappointed)
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Alan Smewing on 3 Oct. 2012
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These are the basic questions:

1. Is it as Good As Sigh No More?
No, but it's still very good. It's very hard to follow an album like that and plenty of bands have released much worse 2nd albums.

2. I liked Sigh No More, should I buy this?
If you liked all of Sigh No More then yes, buy it immediately. If you only liked a couple of tracks then maybe have a listen to the new stuff on line before deciding to take the plunge.

3. Is it a change of style?
No, it's more of the same but it's a great style! However, this could be the reason that the album doesn't stand out as much as Sigh No More.

5. What's my favourite track?
Hopeless Wanderer, but I seem to be in a minority. Most reviewers prefer I Will Wait & Lover of the Light.

4. Am I a fan boy? No, I just like what I like.
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After the amazing 'Sigh No More', Mumford & Sons come out with something they didn't want to do in the first place, a second album, 'Babel', but it has worked on so many levels that they are already writing their third, and they should do so.
'Babel' takes the genre of indie folk and tweaks it to near perfection.

01. BABEL (8/10)
Great, great, great opener. Full of energy and powers you up to...

02. WHISPERS IN THE DARK (7/10)
Another song that starts to take up a pinch of variety to the album itself.

03. I WILL WAIT (7/10)
The most known of the album, but surprisingly not one of the best.

04. HOLLAND ROAD (8/10)
The perfect demonstration of how sometimes simplicity means success.

05. GHOSTS THAT WE KNEW (5/10)
One of my least favourites. Not because it's too stopped, just because nothing in it stands out from the rest of the album.

06. LOVER OF THE LIGHT (9/10)
Definitely one of my favorite ones. Clocking in at 5 minutes and a half, this one will get you by the neck and charm you.

07. LOVERS' EYES (7/10)
Not much to say here, it's a nice song.

08. REMINDER (9/10)
And now comes the perfect part of the album. From here on out, every single song will be amazing. This short slow piece of music is the 'Timshel' of 'Babel', and has one of the most enchanting choruses Mumford & Sons has ever made, besides the fantastic 'Dust Bowl Dance' from their debut album.

09. HOPELESS WANDERER (8/10)
One of the most complex songs in the record, it's the perfect mix between keyboard and guitar.

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By S. Stone on 24 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Now, you must understand that I have an extremely eclectic taste in music, and not one that easily falls into a single category. I have been aware of Mumford & Sons since their first foray into the charts, and have always appreciated their music. However, it wasn't until I saw their recent live performance at Glasto that I truly began to become a (and I don;t like the word but...) 'fan'. Both albums are a rare thing these days, harking back to the LP days of a journey from beginning to end. I believe these are best listened to in order (sorry MP3 shuffler's but it's true!!) as its obvious the band have carefully considered the playing order.

Add to this the quite superb musicianship displayed by all four of them, and add in Ted's own interpretation of the word 'rhythm' (you need to see him play the Double Bass to see what I mean) and they bring a unique sound which is truly distinctive.

The lyrics are complex, meaningful and superbly written and while the melodies are simple on the surface their hidden depth and layers add hugely to the overall experience.

'Sigh no More' was a superb entry into the commercial album market, but 'Babel' takes the band a step further. Their combination of rock and folk is meticulously crafted, and they are skilled live performers.

While Babel may not be for everybody, it has certainly struck a chord with me and I am thoroughly enjoying listening to both their albums, even several weeks in.
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