Mumford & Sons

"I Will Wait"

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
August 10, 2012

Mumford & Sons' debut was a surprising breakout record: A bunch of Pogues-loving Brits dressed like they just galloped in from the set of Little House on the Prairie suddenly became the next Coldplay. But maybe we shouldn't have been surprised; where most folk music goes for intimacy, M&S go for arena grandeur. They've jokingly described their forthcoming LP, Babel, as "Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake," and this single shades in that direction with its hammer-down forlornness and road-weary lyrics about living through "days of dust." But then the Mummies serve up some bread and butter on the chorus, a Bono-big pledge of fidelity perfect for misty-eyed singalongs.

Listen to "I Will Wait":

Song Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bleeding Love”

    Leona Lewis | 2007

    In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

    More Song Stories entries »