On April 8th, 2016, The Lumineers released their highly-anticipated second album, Cleopatra. Their first release, 2012’s The Lumineers, was an instant hit offering tracks like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love.” It was folksy, cutesy and fun, but also had shades of darkness. On Cleopatra, The Lumineers dig a little deeper with their music. It’s more of an indie rock album, with hues of folk, which takes you on an intricate journey through your senses.
Lead singer Wesley Schultz has the ability to diversify his vocals, going from sweet and romantic, to broken and sad without flinching. The first single, “Ophelia,” is a love letter to someone with seemingly non-reciprocated feelings. The piano in the background sounds like a heart fluttering, adding a bit of lightheartedness to this doomed love story.
“My Eyes” is another take on a broken heart, sang so beautifully that you feel it all over. It makes you want to know the story, know what happened; the events that lead up to writing this song. “For Fra” is a instrumental track put amongst these songs seemingly as an interlude between the heavier tracks. They also cover Bob Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather,” while putting their own spin on it.
Cleopatra is a follow-up album that shows another side of the band, their musical evolution. It’s deeper, darker and more introspective compared to their debut. It’s also impossible to stop listening – it’s so captivating.
4 stars (out of 5.)