Review: Cleopatra by the Lumineers

Cleopatra by the LumineersFour years ago the Lumineers broke out with their self-titled debut, some thoughtful songs, and that one track that became a hit because we were looking for more Mumford & Sons-types to love. The result was an album that suffered from mixed expectations, sort of: where are the sing-alongs? And when they do come along, why? Their second album, Cleopatra, attempts to redress the balance somewhat and swing one way or another – and they swing towards the more introspective stuff. Clocking in at just over half an hour, Cleopatra is a more quiet creature, with less rumbling and more subtle beginnings. The approach helps bring the spotlight on the songs’ more intriguing topics – character sketches filled with regret and longing. While it’s not going to be the sort of album that appears everywhere any time soon, the Lumineers should be applauded for resisting the urge to take the easy way. [NB]4/5

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