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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DMB’s Away From the World: A Song-By-Song Analysis

2009 was an interesting year for the Dave Matthews Band.

It was less than a year since the passing of saxophonist LeRoi Moore that the band put together an album based around praising Moore’s life. Rock producer Rob Cavallo was brought in to help put that album together and in June, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” was released.

Big Whiskey turned out to be a strong album, but it didn’t capture what DMB was. Electric guitarist Tim Reynolds was all over the album, and in a bad way. Dave’s song-writing musically and lyrically was cheesy at best, and in the end, only a couple of songs off the album will be memorable within the fanbase.

Three years later, DMB reunited with Steve Lillywhite, the producer of their first three albums, and he immediately went to work in making the Dave Matthews Band what it was in the early 90’s.

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Album no. 13: “Junta” – Phish

Album: “Junta”
Band: Phish
Year: 1988
Single: n/a
Best Song: “You Enjoy Myself”

Tracklist
1. Fee
2. You Enjoy Myself
3. Esther
4. Golgi Apparatus
5. Foam
6. Dinner And A Movie
7. The Divided Sky
8. David Bowie
9. Fluffhead
10. Fluff’s Travels
11. Contact
12. Union Federal [Live]
13. Sanity [Live]
14. Icculus [Live]

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Album no. 12: “Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Album: “Wrecking Ball”
Band: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Year: 2012
Single: “We Take Care Of Our Own”
Best Song: “Jack of All Trades”

Tracklist
1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled And Drawn
4. Jack of All Trades (feat. Tom Morello)
5. Death to My Home Town
6. This Depression (feat. Tom Morello)
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive
12. Swallowed Up
13. American Land

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Album no. 11: “Black Album” – Metallica

Album: “Metallica (The Black Album)”
Band: Metallica
Year: 1991
Single: “Enter Sandman”
Best Song: “Nothing Else Matters”

Tracklist
1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don’t Tread On Me
7. Through The Never
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf and Man
10. The God That Failed
11. My Friend of Misery
12. The Struggle Within

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Album no. 9: “War Elephant” – Deer Tick

Album: “War Elephant”
Band: Deer Tick
Year: 2007
Single:
Best Song: “Not So Dense”

Tracklist
1. Ashamed
2. Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)
3. Standing At the Threshold
4. Dirty Dishes
5. Long Time
6. Nevada
7. Baltimore Blues No. 1
8. These Old Shoes
9. Not So Dense
10. Spend the Night
11. Diamond Rings 2007
12. Sink or Swim
13. Christ Jesus
14. What Kind of Fool Am I?

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