By Zach Winfield
Picking banjos, hammered out chords and powerful drum build-ups fill the newMumford and Sons album Babel as it hit the shelves with force Sept. 24. Within a week, the album had sold more than 631,000 copies, just short of Adele’s record sales.
Mumford and Sons is an indie folk/rock band with roots from the streets of London.
The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. They originally hit the scene in 2007 in Europe and became mainstream in the U.S. in 2010 with their first album Sigh No More.
Being a computer savvy person and a little cheap, I hopped on Grooveshark and added the entire album to my playlist and continued to work on homework as it played in the background. I quickly lost interest in my studies and just listened to the music.
The first songs are upbeat and loud. “Babel,” “Whispers in the Dark” and “I Will Wait” ring in the new album.
The songs are catchy. They are easy to get into as they roar through the speakers heavy with guitars, banjos, drums and the occasional brass instrument.
The album slow downs as you approach the midpoint with “Ghost That We Knew.” The track is a slow ballad about a struggling relationship. This one and many others have slight spiritual undertones and can be interpreted anyway you want. That, after all is the point of music.
“Reminder” is another slower song that seems to be about the loss of a loved one and how the connection never fades. It shows the compassion the band has for its music.
The album is different from others by the band in that the majority was recorded live and truly showcases the talent of the musicians.
The live recording adds a different texture to the music.
“When you’re in a room with headphones and microphones and no one else, you play it quite differently to how you play it live.” Mumford said on the band’s website.
The album shifts moods from loud and rocky to soft and subtle, but the tracks appear to tell a story, which is what the group intended.
Mumford said it was meant to be a story “not necessarily one that has a plot, but one that you can listen from top to bottom and make sense.”
The album does just that. The music is completely subjective, and it inivtes much interpretation from the listener.
is a great record, with fresh muic, and I would suggest it to anyone who likes folk, indie and rock music. It is a mixture of stylistic influences for those not locked into a particular genre. It’s loud, so just turn the volume down a few notches.