Mumford & Sons – Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel Mumford & Sons are in one of those strange earthy genres for which I get rosy in the cheeks when I make an attempt to label.

Let’s just say I get some folk-rock vibes, bluegrass vibes, and Cat Stevens vibes when listening to Mumford & Sons.

I love every minute of it.

You’ll want to tap your foot, you’ll want to hum along. You’ll want to completely lose yourself in Mumford and Son’s latest record, Babel.

Most of the tracks are fairly upbeat. The ones that aren’t upbeat are some of the most powerful folk songs I have ever heard. If you even think you might have an inkling of tolerance for folk rock, you have to listen to this. I’m not saying to go run out and buy it. Well, maybe. We don’t run out and buy things anymore. We hop on the oxen and ford the river, yes?

I don’t hear any gimmicks. I don’t hear any pretense. All I hear is emotion, passion, talent, and a raw musicality that I almost never hear these days. There’s just something about Babel that makes my head explode.

You know, like this:

That actually happened while I was listening. A new universe was made. In fact, a new star imploded and become a black hole, making a whole new universe in a quantum universe where even the version of me that hates this record started enjoying it. I think Babel is that powerful. I don’t say this lightly.

Sure, I may lose some cool points for using a Tim & Eric animated GIF, but it had to be done. This album deserves it.

If the video for I Will Wait doesn’t prove my point, I don’t know what will. Perhaps the fact I don’t really even like this style of music? Sure, when I was 16 I had an obsession with Saddle Creek records, but we don’t talk about that anymore.

Go listen to the samples Amazon provides. If my point hasn’t been made, I’m sure the other tracks will make it.

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