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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
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B008LTI0F4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108 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). Includes 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.

--Ian Winwood

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gary Crossley on 12 Nov. 2012
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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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93 of 112 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Haigh on 30 Oct. 2012
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A few good track on this second album (would definitely recommend the Deluxe version), but not quite Sigh No More
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on 14 Oct. 2012
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"Babel" by Mumford and Sons is certainly a different musical departure from "Sigh No More". As with many other people, "I Will Wait" was my introduction to "Babel". "Holland Road", "Lover Of The Light", and "Lover's Eyes" are some of the songs that embody the heart of "Babel". I also like "Not Haste" and "For Those Below." "Babel" is great for those who enjoy "Sigh No More" and/or are open to listening to folk rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frogman213 on 28 Sept. 2012
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When I first heard Mumford and sons I admit I did dismiss them. Then I heard them again and loved there big sound. They make instruments first associated with old men now somewhat cool. I don't think that calling people that like mumford and sons thick and not into real music is fair. Also a few people called fans half hearted and then called mumford samey as they go on is fair. I think that they get better with age. They also will still be good in 20 or even 50 years time. Bable is a really good follow up album form the foursome's first ablum (sign no more) and shows they have grown up a bit. The only negative thing about the album is that Holland road has been changed from [...] that and broken crown features a miss-mash of old songs. But then over time they grow on you and you the realize that they are really good. Sign no more album is in my top ten albums of all time. I love little lion man and white blank page from the album.

At the end of the day this is my view on things and everyone has a right to express how they feel. A great quote from mika was somthing along theses lines you can only like the bands you like and if it gives you a good feeling then it shouldn't matter what other people think. But lets not get nasty about it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Fitzpatrick on 2 Oct. 2012
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Ok, so I'm a huge fan of Mumford and Sons. I never thought they could repeat the feel of the first album. And they didn't. It's got a slightly different vibe, still essentially them but more... polished? I don't know... Anyway, it's brilliant! I'd read a few reviews elsewhere who dissected it, wrote flouncy analogies of what it 'was about', compared it to Sigh no More etc.... How it didn't deliver the same impact as Sigh no More... blah, blah, blah... you get the picture. For me it still has that same magic! Loved it!
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