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Babel

10 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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3:27
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3:15
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4:36
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4:13
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5:39
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5:14
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5:21
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2:04
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5:07
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4:16
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4:52
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4:07
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Mumford & Sons, under exclusive license to Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 52:11
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  • ASIN: B0098YZ2DY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 815 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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Love this album - perfect for summer garden parties.
Babel is the second studio album by British rock band Mumford & Sons. As with Sigh No More, the album was produced by Markus Dravs. It was released on 21 September 2012 in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. It was released on 24 September 2012 in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe, South America, and on 25 September 2012 in the United States and Canada.

Whispers In The Dark 3:15
Babel 3:27
For Those Below 3:35
Lover Of The Light 5:14
Below My Feet 4:52
Broken Crown 4:16
Ghosts That We Knew 5:39
Reminder 2:04
The Boxer 4:05
Holland Road 4:13
Lovers' Eyes 5:21
Where Are You Now 3:39
Hopeless Wanderer 5:07
I Will Wait 4:36
Not With Haste 4:07
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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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I picked this up from the post box abot 3 o'clock(the first item I have ever felt the desire to pre-order) and have listened 4 times already. I'm currently driving my husband mad. I played the first album at least 3 times a day for the first six months. The good news is they have not not changed their style but have definitely matured. Favourite song so far is "I will wait" which is still ver much in the style of Sigh No More, but Holland Road is a close second. I haven't found a track I dont like or feel I need to skip over as you often do with other artists.
There seem to be more slow songs but tha'ts no bad thing. Some are more inspirational such as Ghosts that we knew. I was worried they may become more commercial but the boys have a strong enough following to be able to avoid that and do what they do best. I wonder how long before I hear this as background music on Countryfile?
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