Mumford & Sons delivers emotional sophomore album
September 27, 2012
Love is a powerful four-letter word with a meaning most people do not need a dictionary to understand.
Once mankind started roaming the planet, love has triumphed and demolished poor souls in several ways.
Love’s spells come in many forms like falling in love, being heartbroken, constantly waiting for that special someone and the inability to express oneself.
Hailing from London, Mumford & Son’s sophomore album, “Babel,” takes the listener through all of love’s characteristics, where one might find oneself relating to their moving songs.
I had the pleasure of being introduced to their Grammy-nominated debut album, “Sigh No More,” on a balcony overlooking a spring evening in downtown Ruston my freshman year with a great friend.
Amidst that perfect setting, which I think is the best way to enjoy their albums, I listened to the emotional voices of anger, depression and happiness in their nothing-short-of-fantastic first album.
Needless to say, my expectations were high and Mumford & Son’s “Babel” met those expectations.
The band takes you through an emotional rollercoaster ride led by folk singer Marcus Mumford, whose voice just adds to the feel of all of the songs, an oddly addictive foot taping banjo, played by Country Winston Marshall, adds to the rhythm of love.
The album starts off with a fast pace and gradually slows down to its mellow end, which almost makes the album a story worth telling.
The album’s only single, “I Will Wait,” tells the story of a character that has fallen in love with someone, but has to wait; it is so poetic you might think Shakespeare had written it.
The title song “Babel” provides an introduction with high intensity, high energy and high sensation, which then opens up with, you guessed it, heartbreak.
However, the song that I instantly fell in love with was “Broken Crown.” It starts off slowly, finishes with a bang and Mumford expressively sings a character’s hatred toward someone else. The lyrics continue to pour out poetically.
What makes the songs so unique compared with today’s music is the fact they are so poetic. They are eloquently pieced together so that each song paints a scene to imagine and invites listeners into the story.
If there were anything wrong with this future classic, it would be, at times, sounding like their first album.
However, modern musicians have become victims of this trend in every genre and I have grown accustomed to it over time.
At the end of the day, I thank my friend for letting me borrow Mumford & Son’s first album and being able to grace my eardrums with something special every now and then.
The songs are a good relief from today’s Justin Beiber, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
They are not your typical band in a world dominated by pop music. They go out to concerts with violins, trumpets and banjos making the crowd go wild.
What is kind of ironic about this album is that even though listeners have to hear the band’s heartbreaking stories, it’s impossible to help falling in love with what they have created.