CD Review | FOLK-ROCK
Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
It’s no coincidence that Mumford & Sons’ breakout song was also one of the band’s most muscular. “Little Lion Man,” with its commanding chorus (“But it was not your fault but mine / And it was your heart on the line / I really [expletive] it up this time/ Didn’t I, my dear?”), synthesized the English folk-rockers’ appeal: Poignancy with a shot of bombast. That song came from Mumford & Sons’ 2009 debut, “Sigh No More,” whose follow-up, “Babel,” is that album on steroids.