Four years after hitting the charts with campfire tune, Ho Hey, the Lumineers return with a 14-track album, which is equally as folksy but a tad “heavier” than their debut self-titled album.
Cleopatra has been an anticipated album for fans (like me) in the alternative community. The three-piece group has delivered fans with stories of love, loneliness, and redemption, which did not disappoint. The character-driven tunes about Ophelia, the new girl in town, and Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen of the title, produce a thoughtful and emotional record.
The first song I enjoyed was Ophelia, which has been all over the radio recently and never seems to get old. It is an upbeat and happy tune about falling in love with the idea of fame or popularity, which is relatable for listeners. It reminds me of Ho Hey.
Cleopatra is about love and dying alone. It is another upbeat song on the album, although the lyrics are somewhat morbid. Angela was one of my favourites. The song is about loneliness and returning home. It makes me want to dance yet the lyrics are full of sorrow. The sweet tones and cheerful beat of these songs tends to counterbalance the melancholy lyrics.
Gale Song was featured in the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack, which has given it some popularity with a variety of audiences. The song is calming to listen to; the lyrics are upsetting yet hopeful, relatable to anyone who has experienced unrequited love.
Overall, the album was a really worthwhile listen. Each of the songs contributed to the album as a whole, following the common thread of love, loneliness, and redemption.
With bouncy guitars and overwhelming emotions, The Lumineers tell some beautiful stories, which you can play by the fire, while having a beer, or while on road trips to the beach.
I recommend Cleopatra to anyone who likes alternative music. Fans of Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes should definitely give it a listen.