27 Sep

This is not going to be a terribly popular opinion, but I was a little disappointed by the new Mumford & Sons album.

Don’t get me wrong, Babel is just as good as Sigh No More. I still love the songs and their folksy rock sound, the raspy vocals and the tight harmonies. I do not regret purchasing this album.

Still, as usually happens when your expectations are too high (see: me and my very disappointing weekend in Paris), the new album let me down. I wanted more from this group that burst upon the popular consciousness a few years ago with “Little Lion Man”, a break-through single if I ever heard one. Banjos are cool again, who knew?! (The hipsters, obviously.) I wanted a sophomore album from Mumford that reflected growth and an evolving voice; I got an album that’s virtually indistinguishable from the first aside from the fact that I don’t know all the lyrics by heart (yet). The syncopated rhythms,  tinny acoustic strings and Appalachian bass lines still abound, and they still speak to my country-bred, white girl heart. I really do not regret purchasing this album.

It’s fairly obvious that Mumford is hugely talented. It is the burden of talent to bend genres and push at boundaries. Babel is safe. What, I can’t help but wonder would come of a Mumford – Steve Aoki collaboration?

A bright spot on the album:


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