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    Mumford & Sons stuns their fans once again

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    Mumford & Sons released their second album this past Tuesday, creating another exquisite piece of work to add to their collection.

    The title of the album and first song, “Babel,” begins with an upbeat banjo and the famous vocals of Marcus Mumford. The band’s distinct melodies in some of its previous songs are heard in “Babel,” creating a nostalgic sound while also introducing a faster tempo to keep a positive vibe throughout the album.

    Mumford sings, “I cry, Babel! Babel! Look at me now then the walls of my town, they come crumbing down.”

    The lyrics have a rhythmic tune to them, the words playing on each other almost as if the band is singing a poem while telling a story. The members’ vocals are pure and harmonious together and give each song a personal experience. It all fits just right.

    When the band’s first album, “Sign No More,” came out in 2009, it went platinum four times in the UK and twice in the U.S. “Babel” exhibits similar sounds to the first album but has new additions and aspects that set it apart, exhibiting the artists’ growth over the years.

    What is different about “Babel” is that Mumford & Sons incorporates more upbeat songs than one may be used to hearing. However, the album still includes some slow numbers that help balance and give it diversity.

    “Below My Feet” is a good example. It begins with a soft acoustic guitar, and as the song reaches its climax, the tambourine joins in along with the band’s voices in unison, creating an inspiring and touching song.

    Some of the other songs have a similar effect. They start off slow and are quiet, and then they reach a peak where the song transforms into something much bigger and impacting than before — one of Mumford’s trademarks.

    Overall, Mumford & Sons has successfully created, yet again, another great album. The 12-song track list is available on iTunes for $11.99. For more information about Mumford & Sons and upcoming tours visit mumfordandsons.com.

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