Babel

~ Release group by Mumford & Sons

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
BabelCD12
  • NZ2012-09-13
  • AU2012-09-21
Dew ProcessDEW90004960602537119929
BabelCD12
  • DE2012-09-21
Cooperative Music, Gentlemen of the Road, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)VVR712814602537128143
Babel (deluxe edition)CD15
  • DE2012-09-21
Cooperative Music, Gentlemen of the Road, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)VVR712815602537128150
BabelDigital Media12
  • -2012-09-21
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)[none]
BabelVinyl12
  • GB2012-09-24
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)3710659602537106592
BabelCD12
  • GB2012-09-24
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)3712787602537127870
Babel (deluxe edition)CD15
  • GB2012-09-24
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)3712789602537127894
Babel (deluxe version)Digital Media15
  • US2012-09-25
Glassnote Entertainment LLC0602537127740
BabelCD12
  • US2012-09-25
  • CA2012-09-26
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC), Gentlemen of the RoadGLS-0130-02892038002619
Babel (deluxe edition)CD15
  • US2012-09-25
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC)GLS-0131-02892038002626
Babel12" Vinyl12
  • US2012-09-25
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC)GLS-0130-01892038002633
Babel (Target Exclusive Edition)2×CD15 + 3
  • US2012-09-25
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC)GLS-0139-02892038002817
BabelCD16
  • JP2012-09-26
Cooperative MusicUICO-12394988005730077
Babel (Gentlemen of the Road edition)2×CD + DVD15 + 11 + 12
  • GB2012-12-03
Gentlemen of the Road, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)3722520602537225200
BabelDigital Media12
Cooperative Music, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602537110629
Babel (deluxe version)Digital Media15
Cooperative Music, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602537110643
BabelCD15
Gentlemen of the RoadVVR712815602537128150
Babel (Gentlemen of the Road edition)2×CD + DVD15 + 11 + 12
  • US2013-02-05
Glassnote (logo is a capital G with an eighth note; imprint of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Babel
Babel: The Singles Collection
Hopeless Wanderer
I Will Wait
Lover of the Light
Whispers in the Dark
part of:Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 2013 winner) (order: 71)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/473200 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/w26m [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/mumford_and_sons/babel/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002409657 [info]
Wikidata:Q210721 [info]

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For some reason many people seem to have an issue with Mumford & Sons. This might be because they see the group's music as being some way north of corporate. Safe enough indeed that M&S - that's an unfortunate diminution, right there - were flown to Washington DC to perform during a summit between David Cameron and Barack Obama. But this criticism seems harsh: after all, where's the point in judging a band by criteria that don't apply to the music at hand?

That said, the music Mumford & Sons make is not all that safe. The group do not sound like anyone else, and the songs on Babel - as with those on debut album Sigh No More, a top five release in both the US and the UK - don't adhere to the kind of formula one might adopt were they attempting to second-guess the pop charts.

Although the songs are melodic and accessible, they are far from routine; heavy rhythms dominate the floor of most tracks, while frontman Marcus Mumford's impassioned and rasping vocals give the air of a man who is at least singing for his supper, and on occasions even his life.

Despite what the haters might say, this is impressive stuff. The beautiful and stirring Holland Road speaks of someone being "cut down", while an ominous drumbeat suggests footsteps trudging away, frustrated and alone.

Whispers In The Dark flutters like a quickly beating heart, its melodies drifting in and out of focus as the song's mood shifts from gentle refrain to dominant force.

Best yet is closing track Not With Haste, a fragile ballad that shimmers like sunshine on an empty sea. As this track builds force, Mumford asserts that "I am what I am", although he may have added that he is not what many people assume.

Mumford & Sons are a fine modern folk band who have found ways to breathe new life into an ancient form of music. In an ideal world, it would be nice if the group were afforded the credit they deserve before they, too, fade into the past.