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The Lumineers: 'The Lumineers' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Oct 29 2012

The Lumineers
One act wholly deserving of riding the rustic folk-pop revival wave are The Lumineers. Since forming in 2005 (and finding cellist Neyla Pekarek on Craigslist), the Colorado-based trio were largely ignored until word of their catchy banjo-pop spread with the help of the lead single from their self-titled album 'Ho Hey'; a number about smug love set to marching drums just different enough from early Mumford & Sons to avoid a like-for-like comparison. 'Flowers In Your Head' and 'Dead Sea' are equally as sing-songy, the latter even gloriously adding in its own lyrical echoes.

Naturally, there's plenty of lovelorning too, with the majority reserved for the back-end of the LP. 'Slow It Down' is a beer-swilling ballad in which singer Wesley Schultz desperately cries: "I feel a filth in my bones;" while the cosy, parlour-room piano on 'Flapper Girl' treads a dangerous but successful path between cute and sincere as he pleads to be reunited with his lover. The pace is maintained easily enough until closer 'Morning Song', a haunting song equipped with a lighter-waving chorus that suggests they've still got plenty more to get off their chest. Fortunately, this charming debut should see that they can do just that.



Tracks to download: 'Ho Hey', 'Dead Sea', 'Slow It Down', 'Stubborn Love'
If you like this, you'll like: Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes

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