Track review: Mumford & Sons, 'I Will Wait'
Folk rock group releases first track off upcoming album 'Babel'
Attention banjo lovers: The jangling kings of England aka Mumford and Sons are back, and their folksy sound is just as strings-happy as ever. Mumford & Sons built a major U.S. fanbase around their jam-band folk rock sound on '09's 'Sigh No More.' If the group's latest track "I Will Wait" is any indication, its upcoming release 'Babel' should follow in the same vein.
There's no telling if the entire album will go this way, but "I Will Wait" takes on an uplifting, even heartwarming tone lyrically--a bit of a departure from the sometimes dark 'Sigh No More.' Perhaps lead singer Marcus Mumford's new bride Carey Mulligan is having a positive effect?
It has to be said though, many people will listen to this song and just think it's more of the same. Driving guitars and banjos that swell and drop off and swell again. Folk lyrics that border on religious. Whoops and general foot-stomping. When I first saw Mumford & Sons live a few years back, I was truly swept up. But I remember thinking even then--where can they go from here? Hopefully 'Babel' will provide an answer.
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