It’s been a difficult 4 years, but fans of The Lumineers can rejoice as the Denver natives have released their new album Cleopatra. The highly anticipated sophomore release is the home of 11 beautiful tracks, each one full to the brim with delicate sounds with haunting narratives and poetic lyrics that The Lumineers are famous for.
For a while, you couldn’t escape the song that gave the band overnight recognition; Ho Hey. The uplifting hoots and hand claps seemed to feature on every TV advert and movie trailers with the lyrics ‘I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart’ seemed to be on every quote board going. The song reached no. 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2012 – and it looked like the folk-pop trio were well on their way to stardom. When a song brings a band this much attention, it’s a natural concern that their second-release won’t stand up to the plate.
Title track Cleopatra is a touching ride of a song and gives the listener a perfect preview of the taste of the whole LP. The beat starts slow, building into an infectious chorus; telling a very intriguing tale.