You Should Be Listening to The Lumineers
Over the past few years there have been a number of bands burst on to the music scene with little more than acoustic instruments and strong melodies. From the Avett Brothers, to Mumford and Sons, to the Civil Wars, these bands understand the appeal that a simple melody can have when built around relatable and heartfelt lyrics. For those of us who tend to run screaming from the first note of a synthesizer, this has been a wonderful development. Fortunately, this trend continues to grow with the debut self-titled album from The Lumineers.
The Lumineers, made up of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Pekarek, have managed to release a debut album that instantly belongs with many of the best albums released as a part of the so-called “roots revival.” “Ho Hey,” the first single, is the type of song that will stay in your head for hours and may leave you randomly wanting to chant “ho” and “hey” at entirely inappropriate times (or maybe that’s just me). “Stubborn Love” conveys the love/hate relationship we all have with, well, love. Take this piece of wisdom:
It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.
The opposite love’s indifference.
“Morning Song” does a tremendous job of capturing the feeling of loneliness that goes with losing someone you care about. It also addresses the most haunting post break up question that everyone has but never talks about:
Did you think of me when you made love to him?
Was it the same as us?
Or was it different?
It must have been.
Yea, that feeling sucks.
If this all sounds depressing, well, much of it is. You won’t find anything approaching the Avett Brothers’ more fast paced stuff or the funkiness that Old Crow Medicine Show have on a song like “Down Home Girl.” However, “Flapper Girl” and “Classy Girls” are fun songs. “Dead Sea” makes being compared to a super salty body of water seem like the best compliment one person could give to another. “Flowers in Your Hair” will remind you of Ryan Adams, but in all the good ways. The only below average song is “Submarines,” but one bad song out of eleven isn’t too shabby.
Whenever a new musical trend gains momentum, the worry is that eventually there will be an overload of bands all sounding the same. Remember The Hives, The Vines, and every other band that wanted to be The White Stripes? That’s bound to happen eventually with the “roots revival,” but it’s not going to start with The Lumineers. They have pushed that trend forward with one of the best albums of the genre and what is bound to be one of the best albums of 2012. If you haven’t listened yet, then you’re making bad decisions.