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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band was produced by Ryan Hadlock.
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Ophelia
Ah, ah, when I was young I, I should've known better And I can't feel no remorse And you don't feel nothing back I, I got a new girlfriend... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    It’s an album that coheres more effectively than did the first, and it’s one that shows an adventurousness while staying within sight of the elemental spirit of its inspiration.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 5, 2016
    80
    The quiet simplicity of In The Light, Long Way From Home or piano-led My Eyes suggests a delicacy within the songwriting pair of Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz that will prove far more satisfying in the long run than any future Top 10 Success. [May 2016, p.88]
  3. 75
    Cheesy at times? Maybe. Still, the Lumineers fill the mainstream roots-rock void left vacant since Mumford & Sons went electric.
  4. Apr 14, 2016
    60
    There's something admirable about the album's solemnity: the Lumineers are on a quest to be taken seriously, and even if they overplay their hand, the earnestness is ingratiating.
  5. May 31, 2016
    60
    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”.
  6. Apr 15, 2016
    60
    If the Lumineers debut record was a representation of their metaphorical college years, Cleopatra is definitely their more mature, but confused, post-grad understanding of fame.
  7. Apr 5, 2016
    40
    Ultimately, though, Cleopatra is simply Americana pastiche we've heard a hundred times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 13, 2018
    9
    The Lumineers are one of my favourite bands, their first album struck a chord with me, and was a sound I'd never heard before, and with everyThe Lumineers are one of my favourite bands, their first album struck a chord with me, and was a sound I'd never heard before, and with every listen each song grew on me more. The same can be said for this album, it didn't blow me away first off, I wasn't listening properly, a pair of Google headphones and dedicated listening later and I'm in love, each song brings something different to the table and there's a fair mix of fast and slow paced songs though they're clumped together, instead of being spread out, which is what prevents me from giving this album a 10. Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2018
    9
    Sleep on the Floor - 8
    Ophelia - 9
    Cleopatra - 8 Gun Song - 8 Angela - 10 In the Light - 10 Gale Song - 10 Long Way from Home - 10
    Sleep on the Floor - 8
    Ophelia - 9
    Cleopatra - 8
    Gun Song - 8
    Angela - 10
    In the Light - 10
    Gale Song - 10
    Long Way from Home - 10
    Sick in the Head - 9
    My Eyes - 10
    Patience -

    score: 9,2
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  3. Apr 21, 2017
    8
    A well written sophmore album from the Lumineers and it works very well. Their first album was much faster and up beat, almost like anA well written sophmore album from the Lumineers and it works very well. Their first album was much faster and up beat, almost like an immature teenager. This one feels more mature, almost like a college student ready to face the world and brave the challenges that it brings, and it works Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2016
    7
    The Lumineers produced a fresh follow-up to their first album, after a three year hiatus. Unlike their debut album, Cleopatra is generallyThe Lumineers produced a fresh follow-up to their first album, after a three year hiatus. Unlike their debut album, Cleopatra is generally full of emotional acoustic tracks. It's beautiful and even tear-jerking at times. Songs like "Long Way From Home" and "Sick In The Head" are enough to highlight how lyrically dark the album is. It's truly beautiful and in some ways superior to their first album. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2016
    7
    4 years after their bold debut, The Lumineers comeback with an album that defines what the folk-pop movement they were a part was back then:4 years after their bold debut, The Lumineers comeback with an album that defines what the folk-pop movement they were a part was back then: appealing, satisfying, but too monochromatic e monotonous at times. Cleopatra is a solid record, beautifully executed and composed, but breaks no new ground, neither sounds fresh. If you weren't into The Lumineers back in 2012, you won't be now.

    Best Track: Ophelia, Cleopatra, Angela.
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  6. Apr 18, 2016
    7
    4 ans après The Lumineers, album éponyme du groupe, les américains sont de retour avec Cleopatra. Ce nouvel album est dans la continuité du4 ans après The Lumineers, album éponyme du groupe, les américains sont de retour avec Cleopatra. Ce nouvel album est dans la continuité du 1er: des sons pop-folk qui ne sont pas sans rappeler Mumford & Sons. Un album bien sympa. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2016
    2
    Very disappointing sophomore album. Lacks the creativity and imagery offered in the first album which made them unique. The whole thing isVery disappointing sophomore album. Lacks the creativity and imagery offered in the first album which made them unique. The whole thing is far too slow, making a half hour album feel like it takes all day to finish. Slow songs were good in the first album because of the pace of there songs, too many in a row makes the album boring and dull Expand

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