Babel seems an ironic title, considering the universal quality underpinning Mumford & Sons' musical language. A lot like its predecessor, Sigh No More, the album sweeps through one grand gesture after another while striking an uncanny triangulation between The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen and Animal Collective. So adjectives like epic, earnest and demonstrative all apply to their brand of banjo-laced folk rock. Pushing everything over the top is Marcus Mumford's lyricism, laced as it is with Christian metaphor and fervor. The most potent example is "Broken Crown," a Yardbirds-flavored, solemn and baroque-like ballad detailing an embittered battle over anointment between two lovers. Gruff and desperate, Mumford declares, "Crawl on my belly till the sun goes down, I will never wear your broken crown."
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