The Lumineers Is Our Favorite Album of 2012

I first read about the Lumineers in a New York Times column about the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this past March. It is an event as a music journalist I long to attend.

The Lumineers, from Colorado, balance the plaintive with the foot-stomping. Wesley Schultz sings in a high tenor about love, time and disillusionment, at once wistful and hard-headed. But while he philosophizes, the band, including a cello, backs him with the enthusiasm of buskers, keeping the songs grounded. During the set I saw, it made a point of going out into the club to belt one song unplugged and got the room singing along. – Jon ParelesBands, Bands, Bands

I looked them up on the Internet, wondering what their music sounded like and if they had any tour dates in our market. Sure enough The Lumineers were booked to appear at StageOne in Fairfield, Ct. on April 19th. The ticket price was $12 which I saw as reasonable and a great music value.

I’m so glad we went to see them as they were just beginning to ascend. Their stage presence and musicianship was infectious. We became instant fans. They made us feel like members of their family. I bought their CD that night and we’ve played it ever since 🙂

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On Record Store Day this past month I made a point to find The Lumineers Winter EP. I’m dying to open and play it (I usually keep all my record store day vinyl purchases sealed as a collector.)

Here is a video of The Lumineers performing “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem” a song on that EP.

 

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