By Lane Levesque
The debut of this self-titled album has soared to the top of the charts with seemingly overnight success. The trio, The Lumieneers, originating from Denver, Colorado has become yet another hit band within the folk-rock genre following closely to Mumford and Sons’ footsteps. With their own unique spin, they’ve managed to blow us all away with their meaningful lyrics, fantastic finger picking, and explosive drums.
The first track, ‘Flowers in Your Hair’ recalls frontman Wesley Shultz’s story of his coming-of-age years. With the lyrics “Now we grew a little and knew a lot, and how we demonstrated it to the cops” we can visualize his life in younger days of peacefully rebelling against the police, taking us way back to the behavior of teenagers back in the 60’s. Following that piece of storytelling, we’re assured that his rebelling days are over after the lyrics “It’s a long road to wisdom, but a short one to being ignored”. This song serves as a great, fast-paced finger picking introduction to a great album.
Keeping with the lighthearted approach, ‘Submarines’ tells the tale of a man’s sea-visions of which nobody believes. Lyrics “The police made them jokes, told me I’d seen a ghost” sticks with the rebellious teenage feel of the first track while managing to tell its own story, with its own great melody. The song immediately hits it out of the park with a great piano tune and powerful drums, ‘Submarines’ will have you stomping your feet all the way home.
However, this album is not all fun teenage years and drunken visions. ‘Slow it Down’ turns the tide of the album with a much softer, slower tune that shows you only need the dark riff of an electric guitar and Shultz’s pained vocals to capture a powerful story of violence and fear. With the lyrics “I feel her filth in my bones, was off my hands ‘till it’s gone” we can feel our stomachs turn with compassion for this man’s tale.
The darker vibe of the album continues with ‘Charlie Boy’, the war-torn story of all the young men who volunteer to go to war. The chorus shines with “Make your mothers proud. Raise your rifles to the sky boys” and allows us all to be grateful for the peaceful times we live in.
Overall, the album serves as a great introduction to the folk-rock genre while still standing on its own as a fantastic album. The Lumieneers