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Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 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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Ho Hey
Ho!) (Hey!) (Ho!) (Hey!) (Ho!) I've been trying to do it right (Hey!) I've been living a lonely life (Ho!) I've been sleeping here instead (Hey!)... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Q Magazine
    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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  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! IThis 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. Aug 28, 2016
    10
    I love the Lumineers. I bought this album right before I got the terrible news that one of my friends had passed away and it carried meI love the Lumineers. I bought this album right before I got the terrible news that one of my friends had passed away and it carried me through the mourning process, like a family member would, like a best friend. When it gets to Slow it Down, I really am ready to act like I've been there before, "smile less and dress up some more." But it wasn't just that. It is an uplifting album, in a boyfriend-ish kind of way, like hot chocolate and marshmallows on a rainy day. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2018
    10
    Eu amo esse álbum. Uma verdadeira revolução do gênero folk, única banda q pode realmente trazer o folk de volta aos charts e fazer as pessoasEu amo esse álbum. Uma verdadeira revolução do gênero folk, única banda q pode realmente trazer o folk de volta aos charts e fazer as pessoas se deliciarem com suas melódicas musicas cruas Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2013
    9
    This album is ridiculously awesome. It has a variety of songs in there, whether you like upbeat songs, sad songs, or feel good songs thisThis album is ridiculously awesome. It has a variety of songs in there, whether you like upbeat songs, sad songs, or feel good songs this album has it all. The song "Ho Hey" is by far their most popular song as of now but there are several other songs on the album that I believe could reach the top 20 in the country. Their music is so relaxing and easy to listen to that I play it for my nieces and they absolutely love it. Whenever "Ho Hey" or "Submarines" comes on they start dancing like crazy! This was The Lumineers "coming out party" and they set the bar high for them to top it. I can not wait to see what they have in store for their next album. Expand
  5. May 15, 2016
    7
    " The Lumineers " é uma forte contrapartida, que, mesmo não sendo tão cativante em alguns pontos, ainda se demonstra um deleite para os" The Lumineers " é uma forte contrapartida, que, mesmo não sendo tão cativante em alguns pontos, ainda se demonstra um deleite para os ouvidos e até mesmo para o coração.(B) Expand
  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“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. Nov 5, 2017
    0
    Emotive content, heartfelt, traditional folk musicality, extremely well spirited. I'find it interesting that the Lumineer's are classed asEmotive content, heartfelt, traditional folk musicality, extremely well spirited. I'find it interesting that the Lumineer's are classed as rock music, there is much rebelliousness in this music, maybe that's why! Expand

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