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|Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Is Dominating Album Sales|
|06-10-2012 09:44 | 0 comment(s)|
| Mumford & Sons' highly-anticipated "Babel" is dominating the album sales race. At this time, the album is ranked at #1 at the Charts in the UK and the US.|
As we said, 'Babel' was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, so naturally, it didn't live up to expectations. How could it have? We wanted a ten, so even a seven or an eight would be a disappointment. And, the album is a seven or eight and because of that we're all disappointed but once you get over the fact that Sigh No More was an impeccable debut and realize that an eight really isn't that bad, you realize that Babel is anything but disappointing.
The word "ferocious" usually wouldn't be used to describe a group of men with banjos and vests, but it works surprisingly well here. In "Babel," the album's opening track, Marcus Mumford voice is a passionate roar. "I cry Babel, Babel look at me now," he chants as the four sons that aren't really his sons have what could only be described as a folk rock jam fest behind him.
In "I Will Wait," Babel's lead single, Marcus takes on a calmer, more romanticized voice. While there is still passion in his voice, he sounds like emotional and less raw. The track has a punch – something that we didn't see as much of in Sigh No More – but maintains the classic, humble Mumford and Sons sound.
"Hopeless Wanderer" starts out almost like a ballad before bursting into a fist pumping folkfest of clawhammer banjos and scratchy lyrics. Babel closes with "Below My Feet," the fullest song on the album. Complex instrumentation and choir like vocals bring the epic and passionate work to a happy close.
It's clear that Mumford and Sons knew that the pressure was on. They stuck to what they do best and did it well, we just wanted more. It doesn't mean that they are a bad band or that they were a one-album wonder. It just means that now, the stakes will be even higher for their next release.
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