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Introducing: The Lumineers

More than just a one hit wonder?


By Madeline Ciak and Times Music Critic and Times Staff Wrtier

The Lumineers are a relatively new band; their self-titled debut album came out April 3, 2012. Their first single “Ho Hey” had previously been used in the season finale of The CW’s hit television show “The Heart of Dixie” and has gained momentum since then.

The Lumineers don’t really seem to have one particular genre that they can be classified in. This band fits into the alternative and folk genres. This may be because this band seems to have left aspirations of using auto-tune in attempts to amplify their style and get back to their roots. This album is almost too easy to listen to. The tracks transition smoothly from one to another; the instruments do not overpower lead singer Wesley Schultz’s vocal musings. This album almost sounds like it could have been an acoustic record, and doesn’t really try to be bold, making it enticing.

“Flapper Girl” is a good starting. This track starts off with a sweet sounding piano introduction, and then a guitar slowly begins to fade into the track around 1:25 or so. The title seems appropriate for this track because it sounds like something that one might expect to hear in a speakeasy during Prohibition.

“Flowers in your Hair” is another notable track. It seems to be about the pains of growing up; perhaps about questioning one’s identity as an adult and addressing the need for nostalgia. The line of lyrics that may hit home for most listeners is “It takes a boy to live/It takes a man to pretend he was there.” This track only lasts for a total of one minute and fifty-four seconds, which seems ironic, because it provides listeners with a short account of what it takes to become an “adult.”

“Classy Girls” proved to be a funny, light-hearted track. The simple claim “But classy girls don’t kiss in bars, you fool” is what made this track stand out.

Overall, The Lumineers produced a pleasant and enjoyable album. The band succeeds in creating a mellow and almost antique type of musical style. The Lumineers keep their styles simple, their melodies sweet, and their girls “classy” and that seems like a recipe for success.

The Lumineers are definitely worth listening to. What other band is willing to go out on a limb and sing about classy girls that don’t kiss in bars?

Letter Grade: A

Other notable tracks: “Slow it Down,” “Dead Sea” and “Stubborn Love.”

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