I’m just going to leave this here, Does Marcus Mumford sound like Dave Matthews?.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the sophomore album, released today, by Mumford and Sons. Babel is fantastic. True to the original sound they established on Sigh No More. Each track has fresh instrumentation and the vocals are simple and point to issues that resonate in each of us.
I appreciate the confidence Marcus Mumford has in approaching subject matter such as faith, life, and death. In several instances the vocals stand with minimal accompaniment and express themselves powerfully. On more than one occasion I replayed pieces of a track to really listen to what was being said.
I, poorly, play the banjo and am I huge fan of Winston’s command of the instrument. Do yourself a favor and listen attentively to how precise and technical his playing is, you won’t be disappointed.
If you have a Spotify account, give the album a listen. Then go buy it. These guys are the real deal and I hope they continue to be supported to make great music.