The Upshot: Quieter and striking a more somber tone than their Grammy-nominated first record, it sounds as if the band went out of its way to tone down the catchiness of their initial offering.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Those expecting a bombastic folk pop foot-stomper from The Lumineers this time around, a “Ho Hey Pt. 2,” are bound to be disappointed with the Denver band’s sophomore effort.
But casual fans be damned, the band has turned in yet another solid collection of thoughtful indie folk with Cleopatra. Quieter and striking a more somber tone than their Grammy-nominated first record, it sounds as if the band went out of its way to tone down the catchiness of their initial offering. But the softer focus put the lyrics front and center and that’s, in part, what separates The Lumineers from the slew of bands that came after trying to replicate the success of “Ho Hey”.
Lyrically tunes like “Gun Song” or “Long Way Home” have lines that stick with you even long after the melody is gone. While the opening track, “Sleep on the Floor” is instantly memorable, the songs further into the record take several listens to really appreciate, but it’s ultimately worth spending time with.
Fittingly, the album closer, the instrumental “Patience,” is the most upbeat track on the record, perhaps signaling that things are still pretty damn fine with the band, despite a quieter offering this time around.
DOWNLOAD: “Sleep on the Floor,” “In the Light” and “Long Way Home”