Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
CRITIC SCORE
55
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Rank: #622 / 657
USER SCORE
58
Based on
64 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Paste
Paste

There isn’t much new here as far as the style and musical spectrum the band established on their debut is concerned, but the quartet is still doing what they do quite well.

67
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

What they’ve delivered in Babel is part two of Sigh, with more irresistible pop hooks, lofty lyrics, and the dynamic interplay between loud and soft that pushed the group into the international spotlight.

65
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

With Babel, Mumford & Sons has proven that it can do it again, replicating all that made Sigh No More so successful and well loved.

60
NME
NME

If you can get past the earnest nostalgia and tweedy affectations, this isn’t a bad album, just an average one. 

60
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

Babel, on the other hand, is more streamlined than their debut LP, and its shimmering production value sounds more like a stack of individually recorded tracks.

60
PopMatters
PopMatters

While there are some real gems here, occasionally the songs tend to fade into generic background folk music. 

25
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

On Babel, Mumford & Sons dismantle the pieces of Sigh No More, reassembling them into a bizarre, grating mishmash. All too frequently, Babel sounds like a warped mimicry of the band’s debut.

20
musicOMH
musicOMH

If there's only a finite number of albums that will ever be made in the history of the universe the fact that Mumford And Sons now account for two of them is tragic.

10
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

It’s truly perplexing how a band like Mumford & Sons is allowed all the creative freedom, production, and studio time the music industry can offer, and still come up with an album so sterile and devoid of any real emotion.

User Reviews
21
This attempt to sit atop the clouds of folk legends falls like a brick through the stratosphere. Anodyne, fake, faux-naïve, Marcus Mumford sounds like a man with an anger management issue, who flares up, screams for a few minutes, realises he's made a fool of himself and sits down embarrassedly. They over-emote and use expensive studio tricks trying to sound epic. Laura Marling takes an acoustic guitar and soars higher than they ever will - maybe it's because their banjos are ... read more

rapmartin12
81
Stand-out Track:
- I Will Wait

SiberianBreaks
34
Listen to the first song of the album. You have now basically listened to the whole album. Unoriginal and very inconsistent.

Favourite tracks: none

Brian Miller
90
This is a good album. Don't know why it's got such a bad rating

71
banjo led folk indie, a fairly decent album but no surprises and nowhere near as good as Sigh No More

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 25, 2012
FORMAT: LP
GENRE: Folk
WEBSITE: www.mumfordandsons.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 8 - American Songwriter
# 7 - FILTER
# 45 - Gigwise
# 11 - Rolling Stone
# 27 - Spinner
Track List
  1. Babel 
  2. Whispers In The Dark 
  3. I Will Wait 
  4. Holland Road 
  5. Ghosts That We Knew 
  6. Lover Of The Light 
  7. Lover's Eyes 
  8. Reminder 
  9. Hopeless Wanderer 
  10. Broken Crown
  11. Below My Feet 
  12. Not With Haste
Contributions By
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Added on: August 7, 2012