Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Lumineers (self-titled)

"With its folksy guitar and its foot-stamping, tambourine-driven beat 'Ho Hey' arrived as a startling anomaly in the pop Top 10, where it’s surrounded by Auto-Tuned voices and electronic beats. Mumford & Sons, the English band that decisively re-established folk-rock as a commercial force with their 2009 album 'Sigh No More,' didn’t breach the pop Top 20 with that album’s biggest hit, 'The Cave.' But 'Ho Hey,' with its chanted hos and heys and its deceptively upbeat chorus — Mr. Schultz wrote 'I belong with you/You belong with me' in the unhappy aftermath of a breakup — has reclaimed pop radio for the acoustic and the hand played. It’s one more hint of a pendulum swing back toward naturalism in pop. ... The Lumineers’ self-titled debut album was released in April 2012, and over the last nine months the Lumineers — now a five-member band — have been almost continuously on tour as their gigs have grown from club dates to the opening slot at Dave Matthews’s arena show" (Jon Pareles, "Go West, Young Band," New York Times, 2/6/13).

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