The Lumineers – Self-Titled Album Review
By Sean Farquharson
The Lumineers self-titled album hit Canadian stores just under a week ago. The band features an amalgamation of various sounds and influences, most prominently that of Cage the Elephant and Mumford and Sons. These features emanate from the vocalists tone as well as the entire band’s instrumentation. The Lumineers have also shaped their album in a way that incorporates an intimate live feel as well as the professionalized recording typically found and expected on albums.
The vocal quality of the singer is remarkable. His tone is solid throughout the album as he provides great melodies that are catchy and not repetitive. A song that truly amplifies these qualities is “Dead Sea”, the fourth song on the album which features difficult pitch jumps vocally and a strong chorus melody. Furthermore the harmonic structure underneath the melodies is very strong and keeps the song very interesting for the listener.
Instrumentation on the album provides a country-esque genre akin to that of Mumford and Sons. Utilising what sounds like guitars, drums, violins, ukulele’s, piano’s, and various other instruments, the album varies drastically between songs while maintaining the folk style. Some cool effects used are seen in the second song off the album “Classy Girls” which features talking in the background and when listened to gives the feel of being live at the bar with the band. This effect is used very tastefully by The Lumineers, ultimately leading to a clap-along all-around fun song to listen to.
On the whole, this album is very tight. There are a few sections of songs that have very raw sounds such as “Slow it Down,” which offers a Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” feel. However, the lyrical content, vocal qualities, and harmonic structures of each song are well thought out, ultimately giving a great all around folk musical experience.