Mumford & Sons’ ‘I Will Wait’

13 Aug

After their live performance at The Grammys in 2011, folk-rock bad, Mumford & Sons, saw a great increase in sales but never made it into the top 20 with their singles despite the début album, ‘Sigh No More‘, peaking at number 2. However, they have become immensely popular  – but probably more so in the USA – and have not been put down by the lack of mainstream success; thankfully. They are back to please their fans with a new album in September titled ‘Babel‘. Some of the new material has already been tested during their live shows but ‘I Will Wait’ is the first official cut that gives any authentic indication as to how the new album will sound.

On the surface, it sounds exactly like every other single they have released and it would quite happily be at home on the début album, but I wouldn’t say that this is a bad thing. The folk-influence is just as strong as it has always been with a reliance on energetic acoustics. It has the same rawness that we saw in ‘Little Lion Man‘ contrasted against the bouncy and lively soundscape. We want to dance and be jolly to the fast-paced banjo but the serious and meaningful lyrics carried by the hoarse vocals create a sense of urgency. As always, the lyrics are filled with striking imagery that balance hope and hopelessness. Desperation is a dominate tone adopted by Mumford & Sons; the repeated line “I will wait for you” gives a hopeless-romantic touch, but there is always a hint of optimism to lighten the mood – “Now I’ll be bold / As well as strong”.

It is good to see that they have not been swayed by the mainstream-appeal and have kept to their guns. The familiar – although considerably unusual – sound is welcomed. As they say, if it is not broke, don’t fix it.

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2 Responses to “Mumford & Sons’ ‘I Will Wait’”

  1. Ryan G August 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Seeing this band tomorrow (as of this post) – looking forward to reviewing the show!

    • Kacela August 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Nice! Hope you enjoy the show.

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