Review: Lukas Graham

Category:  The Arts
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:40 AM
Review: Lukas Graham by Michael McLaughlin

On April 1, 2016 the Danish band Lukas Graham, well known for his single “7 years,” released their second album. He gave it the original title: “Lukas Graham.” Graham himself is a person, the lead singer, but he also has a drummer, a bass player and a keyboard player.

Despite the uncreative name of the album, it provides a variety of sad and uplifting songs and Graham sings with passion in every track.

The album leads off with “7 years,” which has been overplayed on the radio recently, but nonetheless is a good song reflecting on the nostalgic times from when the group members were seven, 11 and 20. It also looks forward to when they’ll be 30 and 60 as they wonder what their life will be like at that point.

“Mama said” has an uplifting beat and lyrics to go along with it. The group sings about the days where a mom’s blessing could make everything okay. References to not going anywhere special for vacation and ruining the shoes they got once a year when they played in them was alright in the eyes of Mama.

In “Happy Home” Graham references his deceased father, which he does several times throughout the album. Graham was the only artist singing in this particular song. Graham’s father had a huge role in his life as did his grandfather, who he also sings about in this song. Although his father has passed Graham sings that he’ll “never really be alone cause we got a lot of love and a happy home.”

The next song is something a lot of people should be able to relate to. Named “Drunk In The Morning,” it is about him calling a girl very early in the morning because his feelings for her overwhelm him now that he has had a few drinks.

Leading up to this song, it seems as if Graham is a really good guy and had a good childhood, but has recently gone through a tough loss. This track, however, shows he is a normal person who sometimes calls women when he’s feeling lonely or is just drunk and wants someone to be with.

“Better Than Yourself (Criminal Mind Pt. 2)” is a continuation of Criminal Mind from their first album.

It leads off with his friend sending him a letter saying Graham can come and visit him. Graham promised he would come and see him but says he doesn’t have a lot of time right now. Graham sends him letters and magazines and hopes that his friend reads all of them.

Graham thinks his friend in prison is a good person and has his hopes high, but Graham doesn’t have as much hope for his friend. This song is particularly filled with a lot of passion, but Graham sends mixed messages throughout the song saying he misses his friend and that he is not alone in the cell. On the other hand he says only his friend can change himself and he isn’t able to make time to visit him.

“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me” is a song where Graham seems to be speaking to another person and that person sees Graham is struggling and asks him how he has been. Graham responds telling his friend not to worry about him because he was able to find strength on his own.

Graham references his father again in this song and says that people told him to take it easy after his father died, but he says, “I’ve got no time to waste/ Don’t you have a dream too/ Some goals you’ve got to make/ You may feel small sometimes/ It don’t mean you can’t be great.” Another uplifting song from Graham.

An interesting song on the album is called “Strip No More,” and it is about Graham hoping to find love with a stripper. She, however, is not interested in him and gave him a generic alias of “Destiny.” Her friends say she has graduated and has moved on with her life and no longer has to strip for money.

The final song of the album is “Funeral.” He is singing about his own funeral and hopes that everyone at his funeral is wasted and that they should be celebrating his funeral and party because he lived such a great life.

He says, “only them good ones die young,” seeming to insinuate that he thinks he will die young. He also sings about all his friends being in the room and that they’re on his tab. Despite the depressing name of the song it is actually one of the more uplifting tracks on the album.

If you’re looking for a mix of style of songs and enjoy a great vocalist you should not pass up this album.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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