Music–It took me a few listens to really get into the music of The Lumineers. Their self-titled album, The Lumineers is a blood-pumping anthem of songs that requires a higher volume for listeners to truly appreciate. To me, the singer’s voice tends to fluctuate between soft and loud, creating a kind of high-low echoing effect. I believe that the band is best enjoyed at high volumes, preferably played loudly whilst one sings along on the open road. It’s also worth noting for this artist that the more you listen to the songs, the clearer their meanings become.
The Lumineers top hit single, “Ho Hey,” is one of the bands most well-known hits, but there are so many other songs deserving of love. My favorite tracks on this album are “Submarine,” “Stubborn Love,” and “Charlie Boy.”
“Submarine” and “Charlie Boy” both make references to war in their lyrics. The former is about a boy who spots a Japanese Submarine. He rushes home to tell the townspeople, who laugh and say he’s seeing things. This storyline may be addressing the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII. In “Charlie Boy,” references to the Vietnam war appear in the lyrical heartbreak of watching a loved one go off to war. These are just a few interpretations of these lyrics. Though sharing somber themes, “Submarine” has a powerful force that makes you want to jump up and dance, while the sweet, slow melody of “Charlie Boy” is great for winding down after a long day
“Stubborn Love” follows a man who can’t stop loving the woman who keeps letting him down and breaking his heart. It’s a love song, but the story creates a relatable experience of the ups and downs of love. Ironically, this is one of my favorite feel-good love songs.