By far not as good as "Sigh No More", it's missing it's dynamics and it's great melodies (only exception: "Below My Feet"). It all sounds like one song and I don't think that it is a good one. They kept playing their old style without variation, the only difference is it's lack of great moments which definitely made "Sigh No More" a good thing to listen to.
I prefer this album to Sign No More. But I agree with niebesu, the one reason I never really liked Mumford & Sons was because they're a folk band that constrains themselves to using the same melodies and instruments. It's all a little samey.
@niebesu: I'm just curious how you experiment with the sound of a banjo? If you don't like the sound of the banjo, why the f*ck are you listening? If this album is like a one hour song, then right on... I believe I have an hour to listen to some fine music.
"One, For Words" is the debut album by Keston Cobblers' Club. You can listen to the whole album here http://kestoncobblersclub.bandcamp.com/album/one-for-words and here is their BBC Session for Steve Lamacq - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zl8jn
It's odd that when a mediocre artist releases an album completely similar to the last one, the fans are praising it, but when someone like Mumford and Sons does it, the people hate it. Sure, some of the songs are too similar to Sigh No More, but we loved it in the first place for being a nice escape from the mainstream. Just enjoy what it's trying to accomplish.
If you really think all the songs sound the same you obviously suck at listening to music..... Sure a lot of them are similar but there are differences in both arrangements and tempo, but i guess it's just too subtle for you. You loved Sigh No More, what did you expect this time around? It's really just more of the same style. Sigh No More is not more "varied" than Babel, it's just you that are blinded.
love this album. yes its kind of the same as their first album but thats not a bad thing at all. its the same M&S we all know and love. im glad they stuck to their sound and didnt change just for the sake of change