A Fall Journey: Mumford’s “Babel” Kicks Off Autumn

The new album by Mumford & Sons, “Babel,” can be played on a loop while traveling down a tree-outlined road with colorful leaves falling all around.

It’s the first impression I got when the new single “I Will Wait” was released and it’s the same impression I got throughout the whole album.

The new album released today in much of Europe, will release next Monday, September 24 in the United Kingdom, and on Tuesday the 25th here in the States.

A problem with Mumford’s first album, “Sigh No More,” was that the whole album tended to blend together, leaving the listener wondering if anything stood out at them. Don’t get me wrong, “The Cave” was a smash hit single and “Little Lion Man,” “Awake My Soul,” and “Roll Away Your Stone,” absolutely moved and captivated a bunch of new Mumford and folk fans.

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Day 8: Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More”

Tracklisting

  1. Sigh No More
  2. The Cave
  3. Winter Wind
  4. Roll Away Your Stone
  5. White Blank Page
  6. I Gave You All
  7. Little Lion Man
  8. Timshel
  9. Thistle & Weeds
  10. Awake My Soul
  11. Dust Bowl Dance
  12. After the Storm

Mumford & Sons are a band that I have absolutely no knowledge outside of the fast I heard they were good. Their sound is very folksy which I am starting to really get into. It’s a raw, acoustic sound that breathes fresh air into my hard rock-heavy iPod.

Another album suggested to me by a friend, “Sigh No More,” was a nice treat. It’s the debut album of the indie-folk group from London and a helluva debut it is. The theme of the album is upbeat and filled with hope.

The opening four-song run is incredible. It starts with the album-titled song that starts slow and ends with a bang. “The Cave” is the best song off the album and the album’s third single. “Winter Winds” and “Roll Away Your Stone” round out the first four and gave me the interest in wanting to listen to the rest of the album.

“Little Lion Man” is the other song of note off the album. It was the first single and rightfully so. A very strong song and personal to Marcus Mumford, the band’s leader. He had this to say about the song:

“I guess the sound of it grabs you a little bit by the balls — it’s quite an aggressive song, a bit more of a punch in the face. Or at least, for our stuff, anyway — a lot of our stuff isn’t quite as hard-hitting as that. It felt like the right song to be the single because it represented the harder, darker side of what we do, and at the same time, the more folksy and punchy side.”

I’m a sucker for songs that hit home to the artist. Those type of songs come from the heart and aren’t just made to make money. Mumford, along with the indie-folk groups that are starting to pop up, all play and write from the heart. I hope to see more of them recognized within the next few years.