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Can we just discuss for a second how rare it is for a band with a freakin' banjo in it to grab the number one spot on a Billboard chart? Despite the odds, the handsome foursome Mumford & Sons got the job done. Sigh No More, the London-based group's 2010 debut album, took the No. 1 spot on both the Top Digital Albums chart and the Top Rock chart after its release. The album also snagged the No. 2 spot on the acclaimed Billboard 200, a feat impressive even for acts such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.
With their yet unnamed sophomore record still in progress, the Mumford men have debuted the beginnings of a new tune, "Home." The new track might not have the same rowdy, loudmouthed, we're-singing-some-damn-bluegrass-in-the-back-of-a-damn-bar vibe as their hit single "Little Lion Man," but it still takes an intricate approach to showcasing lead vocalist Marcus Mumford's haunting pipes, albeit a in a softer way. Though the bare-bones track isn't an official studio recording, "Home" is filled with tight vocal harmonies, Marcus' signature mandolin and that acclaimed banjo we all love.
Like many of Mumford & Sons' previous tracks, "Home" is an incredibly moving tune, indicative of the fact that the Mumford men will likely elude the beast responsible for the destruction of many a music career: the sophomore slump. Just remember, guys -- when in doubt, MORE COWBELL BANJO.
+ Listen to Mumford & Sons' "Home."