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":