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Diving into "Cleopatra", the latest album by folk rock band The Lumineers


The Lumineers make another successful album.

The Lumineers, a  folk rock band, recently released their album Cleopatra in the United States this April after a three-year long hiatus. Their new album remains resonant, emotional, and fresh throughout its entirety. It is genuine to its core. The first song on the album, titled “Sleep on the Floor” is anthem-like, triumphant. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, with its build-up, its chill inducing harmonies, and impactful, but lulling percussion.

The first song floats into the second, titled “Ophelia”, which serves as the sort of centerpiece of the album. It starts off with warm piano chords that eventually rock back and forth as the song progresses. The lead vocalist, Wesley Schultz, expertly changes his dynamic and range to heighten the song’s mood, singing, “Oh, Ophelia, heaven help a fool who falls in love.” When asked what the song means, Schultz explained to Entertainment weekly that, “Ophelia is a vague reference to people falling in love with fame. That spotlight can seem like an endless buffet, but in reality, you’re just shiny, bright, and new to people for a quick moment — and then you have the rest of you life to live. It’s about caring so much about the people around me, and wondering if we’re all going to be alright.”

The rest of the album follows through with the standards set by the first song, as it continues with similar instrumentals, that blend to create a unique combination of sounds for each song. After “Cleopatra,” the “Gun Song” hits hard with its bluesy feel in the beginning, and it’s march-like build up after the first verse. The whole feel of the song is scraping, yet graceful, as it escalates and retreats. The delicate and moving  “Angela,” is followed by the equally touching “In the Light” and “Gale Song”. “A Long Way from Home” starts and ends simply, with only vocals and guitar, but proves stirring still; “Sick in the Head” starts off gently as well, and gives off a nostalgic feel. “My Eyes” takes listeners for a slow dance that will leave tears in their eyes. Its authenticity makes the song relatable and heartrending. The last song before the three bonus tracks, “Patience,” captures listeners’ hearts despite the absence of vocals, with a fluttering piano feature.

Overall, the sophomore album of the Lumineers does not disappoint both seasoned fans and new listeners alike.  Cleopatra is truly soulful and beautiful.

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