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.
Ophelia is another one of the catchier songs upon the album, singing:
“Ophelia, you’ve been on my mind girl since the flood.” /
“Ophelia, heaven help a food who falls in love.”
Stripping it back, we have Gun Song, Angela and Sick in the Head. I have positioned these together due to the fact that they are all similar in nature; apart from the title track Cleopatra, these songs are the best on the album for me. Each one holds an emotional story told through poetic lyricism once again, stunning emotive melody and vocals that hold delicacy and vulnerability within them.
Simplistic combination of melody and beat accompanying the vocals; something that the Lumineers do very well. The haunting vocals are more than enough to keep the listener involved; no need for complex rhythms and layered instruments. The lyrical poetry more than makes up for the lack of catchy beats throughout these songs.
The entire album is a stunning, emotional journey from the bold opener Sleep On The Floor to their subtle piano melody closer Patience, each track captures the beauty of the band and the excellence in lyricism. The Lumineers do not disappoint with this album, making it a very noteworthy second release from the band; Cleopatra is proof that they have definitely not lost their touch.
Listen to Ophelia here: