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"We are more than excited to release Babel into the world. We had started writing new songs well before we got into the studio to record. At first, we peeled ourselves off the road quite reluctantly. We love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process, we had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks, and sort of road-testing new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again. The album started to come together, and with the help of Markus Dravs once more (and engineer Robin Baynton), we started to relish the challenge of making this album. As a band, we ve never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we re proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road." -Mumford & Sons

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listen  2. Whispers In The DarkMumford & Sons 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Will WaitMumford & Sons 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Ghosts That We KnewMumford & Sons 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Lovers' EyesMumford & Sons 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. For Those BelowMumford & Sons 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Boxer [feat. Mumford & Sons]Jerry Douglas 4:03Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glassnote
  • ASIN: B008NW67E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,270 customer reviews)
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194 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Chel Micheline TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album is beautiful. Truly. It doesn't disappoint.

There's always a bit of trepidation when you start listening to a second release by a band/musician that you love- you worry that there'll be some dramatic change in musical style or songwriting, etc.

But have no worries- the classic Mumford & Sons sound is totally here- if anything, it sort of FLOURISHES on "Babel". There are the great, clever lyrics ("press my nose up to the glass around your heart"), the layered building of each song into a sort of soaring crescendo, all that good stuff. Just even better. Their sound is richer without being too polished or manufactured in any way. They are all just doing more of what they are so good at.

I love that this album is designed as a whole- there was clearly a lot of thought put in the way the songs were ordered. In this age of MP3s and individual tracks, arranging tracks for an album seems to be something some artists don't too much thought to, but there's a nice structure to "Babel", as a whole. I have enjoyed listening to it as a complete album, which is sort of rare these days. When it's over I just start it up at the beginning and play it all again. Even the more spare songs (which I don't love as much as I love when the band goes all out) appeal to me when the album is played as a whole.

My favorite thing about Mumford & Sons is that when they play, whether live or on their albums, you can almost *hear* the circle they might be standing in, hear the connection between the musicians, hear the music reverberating off the walls, hear that they are playing together as opposed to facing in one direction and playing off into the distance.
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Fabean on September 25, 2012
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This is another great album from Mumford & Sons. I purchased the vinyl version and wanted to comment that it does come with a digital download card. This was a great relief since it doesn't mention anything of that in the description of the product. Great purchase, worth every cent.

I'll repeat again so people see it.

The vinyl of the album DOES come with a digital download code!

EDIT: the download is of a rip off the vinyl so it does include some sound flaws in it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on September 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Mumford & Sons 2012 effort Babel is easily one of the year's most anticipated efforts. A solid album overall, first time Mumford & Sons fan may enjoy Babel `better' than the most invested fans; more invested fans may pinpoint Babel as `formulaic' and `safe' rather than innovative. Arguments presented, Babel is sure-fire commercial hit that may not necessarily `progress' the band's artistry to `the next level' as expected. A superb group of musicians, as good as Babel is, it may be ever so slightly humbler than the hype.

Opener "Babel" is characterized by Mumford & Sons's `rhythmic machine' (acoustic guitar, banjo) and set in six-eight time. Ben Lovett's piano provides a chordal foundation, preempting contrast from Marcus Mumford's gritty vocals in favor of smoother, more melodic-centered vocals. "Babel" is ultimately well conceived; it ends with cliffhanging airy pad segueing into "Whispers in the Dark."

"Whispers in the Dark" possesses constant rhythmic motion throughout the verses, though it is softer allowing for Marcus's vocals to shine without strain. `Wall of sound' vocals aid in giving the record an inviting timbre, committed to folk. "Whispers" is less emotionally dynamic than "Babel" however.

"I Will Wait" receives valedictory honors easily. Highlights include supporting vocal harmonizations as well as sound vocal production overall. Songwriting is superb by all means. Add excellent pacing with an eventual fruition of production including piercing horns and "I Will Wait" seems a shoe-in for Grammy nominations (Record and/or Song of the Year).

"Holland Road" keeps Mumford & Sons on `autopilot.
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86 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Brendan on September 25, 2012
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This album is not bad, but it's not great either...definitely not as great as Sigh No More. The album starts incredibly strong; the first track is probably my favorite off the entire album, but after a few songs it slows down quite a bit and each song starts sounding like the last, and the question, "Is that the same banjo riff I heard in the last two songs?" inevitably creeps into the mind. Considering the long and impressive journey their first album took to reach the popularity it eventually did, the Sons had a LOT to live up to. This is a fine effort by the band, but I will admit it left me a bit underwhelmed. With that said, there are certainly some gems on this album and an overall nostalgia that make it worth picking up.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Pager on October 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Three years ago, I was really getting into this whole traditional music revival. Bluegrass, folk, alternative country, etc... It was all so fresh. And along came Mumford & Sons, an arena-folk outfit out of London with lots of energy, the right amount of sincerity, and a totally fresh style. I was so excited about it that I imported Sigh No More a month before it was officially available stateside.

I spun that record so much that by the time I saw them at the 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, I had all their songs memorized. There, they blew me away with one of my favorite musical memories: a cover of "Hey Jude" with Jerry Douglas, Sarah Jarosz, and Cadillac Sky. Every now and then, I watch the video on youtube and think, "Yeah, I was there."

Then they exploded. By the time they became the Newest Big Thing, I was already ready for a new M&S record... And then they took almost two years to make one.

So, you can imagine how high the expectations were for Babel. I already heard four of the songs (Lover Of The Light, Below My Feet, Lover's Eyes, and Hopeless Wanderer) in Telluride, and I had the recordings on my mp3 player. Most of the people I showed them to all had the same take: they're all kinda the same.

This is the unfortunate reality Mumford & Sons must face: if you take three years to make a new record, especially when your popularity has skyrocketed in the meantime, you must make a choice between giving the masses exactly what they're asking for (i.e., more of the same), or, in the interest of art, doing something new and exciting. "The same" was exciting three years ago; now there are other artists who are doing newer things and more exciting things. M&S chose not to go with new and exciting.

These are nice songs to be sure.
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