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Mumford & Sons release new single 'I Will Wait' -- hear it here

That thrashing banjo. That London brogue. That signature blend of churchy angst and romantic melodrama.

It could only mean one thing: Mumford & Sons are back.

The British foursome, whose last album Sigh No More became a double-platinum sleeper smash (over two years after its release, it’s still kicking around in the Top 40), is back with a lush new single, “I Will Wait,” and they’ve just released the audio link online.

The song, the first from their forthcoming Babel (due Sept. 24), hearkens back to their Grammy nomination-festooned single “The Cave” with its shouted refrain, triumphant horns, a driving kick drum, and an earnest lyric about a relationship so perfect is has Marcus Mumford kneeling down in reverence, raising his hands, and wishing for his mind to be “freed from the lies.” READ FULL STORY

Mumford & Sons announce new album, 'Babel'

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It’s been three years since British crooners Mumford & Sons brought banjo back with their sleeper hit Sigh No More, which slowly but steadily sold over 2.2 million copies in the U.S.

When the “Little Lion” men‘s just-announced sophomore album Babel hits stores on September 24, it will likely arrive with a much more immediate bang.

On their official website, Mumford revealed the track listing for their new set, and if titles like “Broken Crown” and “Ghosts that We Knew” are any indication, the introspective lads are still struggling to grow up and clarify what they believe about life, love, and death.

The title track also carries an allusion to the Hebrew Bible; “Babel” was the name used for the City of Babylon, and the word also relates to the Tower of Babel, which the book of Genesis describes an enormous structure built in hopes of reaching the heavensĀ  (that is, until God confounded the peoples’ languages and scattered them throughout the Earth).

Marcus Mumford, whose parents are leaders of the Vineyard Church in the UK and Ireland, appears to be serving up another set of brogue-infused Sunday-school angst. And perhaps some wedded bliss as well — we’re guessing “Lover’s Eyes” is about new bride Carey Mulligan.

Nine of Babel‘s twelve tracks have already found their way to the web, mostly in the form of live performances. Check out the full track listing below, along with a few embedded clips. (For a handy YouTube compilation of all the tracks currently floating through the web, click here.) READ FULL STORY

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