The first time I ever heard The Lumineers was in 2012 when ‘Ho Hey‘ was released. After that, I had to see them live, so on an impulse I bought a pair of concert tickets to Red Rocks Amphitheater. I had no idea how I would get there or where I’d stay; all I knew was I wanted to see them live and I wanted to see them perform at this world famous outdoor venue. I’ll never forget it. It was hands down one the most intimate concerts I have ever been to and instantly made me an even bigger fan of this folk-rock band.
After the release of their self-titled album and a world tour, they disappeared (or so it seemed) and fans were left wondering where they went and when their next album would be released.
On June 10, 2015, we were finally given an update from Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of the band, letting us know that after 5 long months of writing, they were almost done and would soon be recording their second album. On February 5, 2016, the new single, Ophelia, dropped and with it came more exciting news.
More than 2 months later, their new album, Cleopatra, was finally released and definitely worth the wait.
From the moment you hit play, you’ll want to hop in your car and escape to the “ghostly” tunes of Sleep On The Floor in search of your inner wanderlust. By the time you reach In The Light, you’ll reminisce on past loves, then linger on regret with the lyrics from Gale Song. With the slow tempo of My Eyes you’ll find your inner strength before questioning your faults with White Lie.
Each and every sound and lyric you hear on this record is intentional and meant to strike a chord. From the first track, this album touches on your deepest emotions, gradually bringing them front and center one by one before coming to a precarious end.
Although not as lighthearted as their debut album, Cleopatra delivers with its strong percussion and piano parlor sound that is not only musically satisfying, but shows this record was carefully crafted track by track and introduces fans to a new chapter into The Lumineers’ life.