I’d like to imagine that I speak for all fellow Mumford & Sons fans when I say that getting to hear Babel via Glassnotein its entirety was like finally enjoying a guilt-free piña colada at a bar while silently smirking at your success for having bypassed the nonsensical laws on the acceptable drinking age in your home country, but I digress.
Yes, I can safely say my cravings have been satisfied full 15 banjo-picking, foot-stomping, soul-stirring tunes. But like many who’ve had their fair share of legally acquired alcohol might attest, the shimmer is short lived. Babel is more obviously hope-driven than pain-stricken, and I miss the heartache of Sigh No More. I can’t deny that Marcus and the boys didn’t deliver; their songs still trigger my socially unacceptable habit of belting out along with the chorus, complete with thicker harmonies this time around too.
Maybe I just haven’t grown out of the sadness, but when I’m ready for the feeling of triumphant elation, I know Babel will be there waiting.
To keep with the theme, or for the under-rock dwellers, here’s “I Will Wait,” directed by Fred&Nick.
This review was written by collaborator Victoria Montalvo, an undergraduate studying film at the University of Texas at Austin and currently studying abroad in Hong Kong.