“Cleopatra”: Album Review

Maggie Louiselle, Contributor

Cleopatra is the second studio album that the indie folk band The Lumineers have produced. This album was recently released on April 8th, 2016 and has caught the attention of many. This eleven track album debuted as number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200, already receiving commercial success.

Their first single, “Ophelia” was released February 5, 2016. I found this single to be instantly catchy. It starts of slow but then quickly builds into an upbeat song that you will have on repeat. My only negative takeaway from this song is that I wish it was longer.

Their second single was “Cleopatra” which was released on March 25, 2016. I didn’t find this song catchy immediately, but the more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. It features some percussion, guitar, tambourine and is then complemented by piano. It all meshes perfectly together creating another exceptional single.  

“The Gun Song” was another standout track on the album. Lead singer and Guitarist, Wesley Schultz, is anticipating fans to misinterpret the meaning of this song. The song begins with the line “I don’t own a single gun”. Schultz was merely referring to a time when he was digging through his dad’s drawers and found a pistol. He talks about the shock he had with never knowing his, now passed away, had a gun. With gun control being such a sensitive topic in the U.S. he said he’s happy if it creates some conversation.

A slower track on the album “My Eyes” is one of my personal favorites. This song features Schultz strumming away on his guitar with some soft piano in the background. This seems to be all they need to make a memorable track.

The album also includes an instrumental track, “Patience”. This song perfectly transitions on the album and closes it with a mellow minute and a half track.

If you are a Lumineers fan I would highly suggest seeing them this summer at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium on June 14!