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Mumford & Sons, 'I Will Wait'

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Courtesy of Big Hassle

There wasn't much rock in 2012 with the scope or ambition of Mumford & Sons' soaring Bono-meets-banjos brand of oldtimey folk. The isolation and dread in this ballad of road-weary longing proves that music can be soul-wrenchingly heavy without plugging in a single amp or hitting a power chord.

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