The Lumineers – Cleopatra (Deluxe)

 Fate dealt you a tricky hand. And now you’re left alone in your mind. 

4. 8. 16

I’m going to be honest. I like being what people would sometimes refer to as a hipster when it comes to listening to music. I like knowing bands that very few others know. There is something cool and special about that for me. But this began to turn not only into me liking bands and artists that others don’t, but I now tend to not like bands as much if everyone else likes them. This is because I get frustrated when people just like an artist because everyone else does. Many people don’t listen critically for themselves. Instead, they ride the trends. This is definitely a prideful and elitist way to listen to music, and something I am trying to get away from. This is also why I am deciding to review The Lumineers’ sophomore effort, Cleopatra (album may contain explicit content).

This is why I never listened to The Lumineers’ self-titled debut either. I will go back and listen to it when I get the time, but clearly won’t be referring to it in this review. One of my favorite parts of The Lumineers are the vocals. Sure, they aren’t anything special, but they are consistent and smooth. Bands don’t always need to be explosive or extremely dynamic, consistency has its place in music as well. From what I have heard about The Lumineers in the past is that they fell on the more folk side of the spectrum with their debut. On this record, there seems to be  a split between folk and a more simple and subtle alternative with the majority of the record consisting of electric rather than acoustic. I really enjoy the blend throughout the record of both of these genres. The instrumental songwriting is a strength at times on this record due to its straightforwardness and cleanness with nothing jaw dropping nor anything repulsive. I do not know if this album will be one I get quickly bored of or will grow on me. I am not sure the depths I will discover. One thing I do know is that I am giving The Lumineers a chance.

For Fans Of: The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy, The Paper Kites
Favorite Songs: Angela, White Lie (Bonus Track), In the Light, Sleep on the Floor, My Eyes, Sick in the Head
Top 10 Potential: Sure, why not
Album Cover: 7/10


What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!

Other Notable Releases
Lights – Midnight Machines
HIGHS – Dazzle Camouflage
Gallant – Ology
Parquet Courts – Human Performances

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