The Lumineers - The Lumineers
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Record Label: Dualtone Music
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Folk, Country-Folk, Heartland Rock, Alternative Folk, Folk-Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    89
    The general expansiveness of sound on songs like "Ho Hey" make this young group's eponymous debut uniquely American in all the best ways: gritty, determined, soaked in sweat and love and drive. There's nothing precious or affected here, just three dedicated artists opening their hearts.
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    86
    The album is overflowing with upbeat, Americana gems.
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    At it's best, it's impeccable. [Jan 2013, p.107]
  4. Jun 29, 2012
    70
    Not everything here clicks together at that level, but each track is inventive, and when the songwriting and arrangements cross paths perfectly, as they do in the above songs, this is a delightful band.
  5. 60
    Their debut album certainly has its moments... But too many of their songs float prettily by without making an impact, gossamer-light and gossamer-memorable.
  6. Jun 29, 2012
    60
    The central concern is present-tense lust and heartache, which this spirited band translates into a fine drunk-clogging soundtrack.
  7. Nov 8, 2012
    40
    The slicing cello of Dead Sea and knife-glint guitar of Slow It Down hint at what this good-natured trio could be if they allowed themselves to be bold; instead these songs succumb to saccharine in a wish to charm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 15, 2013
    10
    This has been my favorite album for quite awhile now. The songs are simple but very catchy and meaningful. Can't wait for more from them! I highly recommend this album. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    9
    This album is raw, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and acoustic sounds of stomps and claps to grasp your attention. It's a beautiful album from start to finish. A must listen. Expand
  3. Dec 23, 2012
    9
    A very good album. Wesley Schultz is awesome at storytelling and expressing himself and the music itself is so beautifully chilling. In my opinion, they're a slower and more actual version of The Beatles (although I like The Lumineers more, actually). When they get quiet it sounds bodacious in 'Slow It Down', when they get happily it sounds gorgeous in 'Ho Hey', and so on. It's just beautiful from start to finish - as sunflower16 already said it, they're fantastic in making music. It's definitely one of the five best albums in the year 2012 and it's a romantic story about an abandoned lad. When Schultz starts to sing "I belong with you, you belong with me, my sweetheart" in 'Ho Hey', I feel a mixture of happiness and sadness, that I haven't heard often before that particular song. I love this LP and you absolutely have to listen to this. Let's all hope they get even better with their future work! A loveable acoustic amalgamation of indie and folk rock, I simply love this work (except their agenda in 'Charlie Boy' merely). Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    It didn't grab my attention the first two times I listened the album, mainly because I was never used to listen folk music, but by the third time I was hooked. There's a sense of nostalgia, I can even imagine places that would go perfectly with the songs. It doesn't have heavy production and most of the tracks are catchy in their own way, I just wished some of them were longer ("Flowers in your hair" and "Submarines"). Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2014
    7
    “Ho Hey” will probably automatically reveal why most people know of the Lumineers these days, but have you ever decided to dive deeper and check out their full CD?
    Well, I decided to.
    The self-titled debut album by the Denver, Colorado folk rock group is a quirky adventure and I found myself amused by it. I like to call them the American version of the very popular folk rock band Mumford & Sons, except with a much more “radio-like” taste.
    The album is overall inventive, but almost incomplete. I was fond of the historical-like reference almost every song radiated. I was transported from the WWII-era in one song to the 1920’s jazz age in another. I think many songs (Ho Hey, Stubborn Love, Dead Sea, etc.) are solid tunes that are friendly to listeners’ ears, while others (Slow It Down, Morning Song, etc.) are more drawn out, inventive, and abstract and shy away from the condensed-version most songs on the album seem to be. I think they could’ve definitely done more with their better known songs, but the short and speedy song is becoming more and more popular nowadays. The 38 minute CD is a crash course for anyone who is skeptical about diving into folk rock music. For a debut album, it’s promising. The Lumineers know how to attract listeners with their catchy songs and overall positive vibe. I’d love to see them dive into darker depths and other subjects away from love in a future album. The songwriting is there, and now that their first LP is out and appreciated, they should take some time and mold that potentially legendary talent into more great music.
    Rating: 7.7/10
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  6. Jun 18, 2013
    7
    “Ho Hey” will probably automatically reveal why most people know of the Lumineers these days, but have you ever decided to dive deeper and check out their full CD?
    Well, I decided to.
    The self-titled debut album by the Denver, Colorado folk rock group is a quirky adventure and I found myself amused by it. I like to call them the American version of the very popular folk rock band Mumford & Sons, except with a much more “radio-like” taste.
    The album is overall inventive, but almost incomplete. I was fond of the historical-like reference almost every song radiated. I was transported from the WWII-era in one song to the 1920’s jazz age in another. I think many songs (Ho Hey, Stubborn Love, Dead Sea, etc.) are solid tunes that are friendly to listeners’ ears, while others (Slow It Down, Morning Song, etc.) are more drawn out, inventive, and abstract and shy away from the condensed-version most songs on the album seem to be. I think they could’ve definitely done more with their better known songs, but the short and speedy song is becoming more and more popular nowadays. The 38 minute CD is a crash course for anyone who is skeptical about diving into folk rock music. For a debut album, it’s promising. The Lumineers know how to attract listeners with their catchy songs and overall positive vibe. I’d love to see them dive into darker depths and other subjects away from love in a future album. The songwriting is there, and now that their first LP is out and appreciated, they should take some time and mold that potentially legendary talent into more great music.
    Rating: 7.7/10
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  7. Feb 8, 2013
    2
    Okay, to be honest, I don't understand at all how this band is so popular. It's folk music, which really isn't supposed to be a genre everybody likes. I suppose it beats awful auto-tune pop like Katy Perry or Maroon 5, but how this band is on track to win big at the Grammys is just beyond me. Honestly, if music was ice cream, the Lumineers would be muesli-flavored. They're so bland, it makes me wanna puke.

    If you want folk music that's actually fun to listen to, try Mumford and Sons. At least they spice their music up a bit by being more "folk-rock," which is much more appealing than this dull drivel.
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