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A collection of intimate stories about love, loneliness, and redemption, The Lumineer’s second full-length album has all the heart-on-sleeve hallmarks of their breakthrough debut. But here, the character-driven vignettes—about the lonely new girl in town, Ophelia, and the Egyptian queen of the title—feature thoughtful, luxurious production. The combination is powerful; with churning guitars and sweeping emotion, these are beautiful stories to tell.
There are several good songs on here. But, that being said, this album feels “sleepy” compared to their foot-stomping debut album. I find myself skipping about half the album because it’s too slow and drags for me. I do love the first few songs, but after waiting so long for this album, I wish I liked more than just half of it.
4 years gone, and they still got it
Both my mind and heart are full knowing The Lumineers are finally back. Ophelia was worth every pain staking month that passed patiently waiting for these guys. Same old charm, same old foot stomping power, same old attention to detail; The Lumineers knew they had to deliver and they have absolutely surpassed that goal. The sophomore album is destined to be great.
I can tell right away this album is gonna be a 5/5
Formed: 2002 in Denver, CO
Years Active: ’00s, ’10s
The Lumineers, a folk-rock trio out of Denver, Colorado, deliver an acoustic-based Americana sound that touches a lot of stylistic bases, from folk to gospel to heartland rock and the narrative end of country, all with interesting rhythmic twists and turns. The band had its beginnings in 2002 when Jeremiah Fraites lost his 19-year-old brother Josh to a drug overdose. Fraites and his brother’s best friend, Wesley Schultz, turned to music to deal with their sorrow, and were soon writing songs and gigging…