Music review: The return of The Lumineers, starring ‘Cleopatra’

The Lumineers

After four years of touring and making their name known, the Lumineers have returned with an album better than their last. Their new album “Cleopatra” has a new refreshing and unique sound.

I fell in love with their first self-named album, released in 2013. For those who are not familiar with the previous album, anyone would agree they at least know the one hit that came off of it, “Ho Hey.”

“Ho Hey” was universally known as a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, indie folk song.

The Lumineers are a band consisting of only three members. Even though they are limited in size, they are not limited in sound.

“Cleopatra” is the perfect album to add to your acoustic playlist, consisting of 11 mellowed tracks. Each track holds a variety of qualities, from sound to lyrics that will satisfy all acoustic music lovers’ tastes.

The return of the Lumineers began with the release of “Ophelia” followed by the releases of “Cleopatra” and “Angela,” all which I highly suggest as must-listens and top-picks off the album. The rest of the album was released April 8.

For those lyric fanatics, such as myself, you’ll discover that the style of the lyricism of The Lumineers is quite different. From the first album we got a taste of it, but the second album is where we really bite in and have our mouths gushing with flavor. The Lumineers are more than just the average-Joe folk rockers – they are three musical storytellers.

Ranging from songs such as “Submarine,” “Charlie Boy” and “Flapper Girl,” all appearing on the first album, The Lumineers take us on a journey back in time through historical stories. The short two-to-three minute storytelling continues into the new album, but with a different theme.

One song in particular that has intriguing lyrics is “Cleopatra,” which tells the story of a taxi driver’s heartbreak. The track as a whole is not the average slow, sad heartbreak song. It actually has an upbeat, fast-pasted tune containing melancholy lyrics, which remind me of the structure of tracks produced by Twenty-One Pilots. Although many people prefer happier pieces, “Cleopatra” portrays something new to the audience’s ear and is an all-around enjoyable track.

The Lumineers don’t just succeed through their melodic short stories, but through the instrumental talents present. The album has a sound ranging from folk rock and indie rock, which can easily fit into any relaxation playlist.

I personally enjoy listening to acoustic playlists while lounging on a rainy afternoon, and the song “Angela” is perfect for such a day. It is a pleasant travis-picked track that starts off slow shifting to a faster pace and building from the beginning.

And for those “Ho Hey” fans, keep those feet stomping for “Ophelia.” This song contains similar percussion beats as “Ho Hey.” For those who enjoyed the top hit off The Lumineers’ first album, “Ophelia” is a perfect relative of the song to join your playlist.

The album is available to listen to on Spotify and The Lumineers will be on tour for “Cleopatra” starting September 2016.

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