Review: The Lumineers' 'Cleopatra'

Category:  The Arts
Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 12:02 PM
Review: The Lumineers' 'Cleopatra' by Dakota Palmer

The Lumineers’ sophomore album “Cleopatra” was released last week with Dualtone Records. This album is fairly typical of the band and is full of mostly slow, sad songs that can leave the listener feeling sad.

The band released “Ophelia” as a single in February, which is filled with some beautiful piano and awesome vocals from vocalist Wesley Schultz.

The album’s title track “Cleopatra” is more rhythmically upbeat than the band’s previous songs. If a Gaslight Anthem song and a Mumford & Sons song had a love child, it would definitely be this song. It is a very cute song that doesn’t leave one completely saddened.

Perhaps the slowest and saddest song “Gale Song” is from the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack” and is probably the best one on the album. It’s a simple love song with powerful lyrics such as “And there was a time/When I stood in line for love, for love, for love/But I let you go, oh, I let you go.”

The last track “Patience” is a good song to finish the album. It is completely instrumental and ties together the beautiful sounds from the songs that come before it. The piano is gentle, yet powerful and extremely relaxing.

The Lumineers definitely do sad and slow well, but I’d be curious to see what their music would be like if it was a little more happy. The album is pretty good for the type of music they produce, but it’s a little repetitive because there isn’t necessarily any variety.

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