Huge sales in the UK and US to go with a recent Grammy Award success has apparently been enough to convince Mumford & Sons that they have avoided their 2012 album ‘Babel‘ proving to be ‘the difficult second child’.
“As we were making ‘Babel’ ‘Sigh No More’s shadow kept getting bigger and bigger,” frontman Marcus Mumford has told Rolling Stone. “There was a lot in us that was like, ‘That’s OK, f**k it, ‘Babel’ will be the disappointing second child’ – like a lot of us are, actually.”
“We were making it really believing it and thinking about that as much as possible – and so it’s really sweet now to see it do its thing as well. That’s crazy for us.”
‘Babel’ was an album honed and extensively tested on the road in front of their adoring public before its eventual release, with fans giving the thumbs up to the well rehearsed new material by delivering a number one in both the UK and US for the group in September 2012.
“When we released ‘Sigh No More’ our manager said, ‘We’re probably gonna sell between 100,000 and 150,000 records’. And we were like, ‘That’s amazing!’,” Mumford continues. “Since then, everything has gotten more ridiculous, fantastical and mind-f**king.”