Lumineers announce 2016 tour, release new tracks



thelumineersWith the upcoming release of new album “Cleopatra,” the Lumineers have released the transcontinental tour dates for 2016. The folk-rock band is known for it’s one hit single, “Ho Hey,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012. While “Cleopatra” is not yet available to buy, avid fans may listen to tracks on Spotify, the most popular of which is “Ophelia.”

Musically, the Lumineers haven’t really changed. “Ophelia” incorporates piano, banjo, and a steady beat, and high male vocals, similar to “Ho Hey.” However, the lyrics of “Ophelia” are arguably deeper than its predecessor: the song comes from the perspective of a man still in love with a woman who has left him. Like the character Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the song evokes a kind of drifting purposelessness, borderline madness.

Even if the lyrics are deeper than repeating “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart” throughout the entirety of “Ho Hey,” after listening  creating an album of songs that all sound almost the same, a pitfall of their first album.

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Fans may check out the new album and tour dates at the Lumineers’ website.

Photo By David Lee (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidjlee/8885667783/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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