Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
CRITIC SCORE
54
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #749 / 784
USER SCORE
57
Based on
81 ratings

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80
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

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

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

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

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

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

25
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

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

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.

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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
28
3 years have gone by. Millions have been waiting. Mumford and Sons are proud to present the new chapter in the saga: Sigh No More 2: Banjo Boogaloo.
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
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

September 25, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Folk / Genres
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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
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