The Lumineers Continue to Deliver Rich Music
April 14, 2016
After an extensive four years of waiting, The Lumineers released their new album, Cleopatra, on April 8. The album features a strong folk, indie-rock sense with melodramatic tunes and deep, depressing lyrics that will be no disappointment if you enjoyed their previous album, The Lumineers.
The second track, Ophelia, has to be the most unique song of the album, so much so that it has been playing on the radio- following the tone of “Ho Hey” from their first album. The song starts off with a slow but progressing tempo with a prominent piano sounding in the background and later introduces a more upbeat chorus with the raspy vocals done by lead singer, Wesley Schultz. It definitely lives up to the standards set by “Ho Hey.”
The third track is titled after the album, Cleopatra, and is another prime example of their ability to be more than one genre, as this track displays the band’s folk side. The band inputs the electric guitar and piano as their base with the occasional drum and tambourine, which The Lumineers have shown before in their other album. The song also has an up-tempo and seems to be another one of the more faster songs.
Angela, the fifth track of the album, is a track chosen by me because of it’s melodious and beautiful bridge and heartfelt lyrics about running away from commitment, but soon coming back to someone you love. The bridge has to be my favorite as Schultz’s simple rich vocals when he sings, “Home at last.” This lyric gives a warm feeling that I enjoy hearing over and over again. It’s a very instrumentally basic track, but I think that it was still enough to deliver a powerful and intense feeling to the listener.
The eighth track is “Long Way From Home,” and it has to be one of my favorites due to the repetitious guitar that accompanies the lead singer’s voice and more importantly the dark lyrics sang by Schultz. The song’s simplicity helps the story behind the lyrics. He sings from the perspective of someone who is watching a man slowly die away due to cancer. This track continues to show the intensity of The Lumineer’s music and their ability to make the listener feel a certain way by telling these stories.
The last track, “Patience,” has no vocals; it is an instrumental song, interestingly. The track is composed only of a bright melody played on the piano and leaves it to the listener to determine what the music says to them. It is the shortest song on the album, being only a minute and a half, but is definitely packed vivid and harmonious notes.
Overall, the album Cleopatra has shown The Lumineer’s ability to create music that tells a story or gives the listener a feeling that differs with every track.
Listen to the album below:
Michelle Aros is a junior at Robinson High School. She has interests in music and writing. Aros takes piano classes outside of school and plays the clarinet...