The Lumineers (album)

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The Lumineers
Studio album by The Lumineers
Released April 3, 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Americana, folk rock, indie folk
Length 42:15
Label Dualtone
Decca (United Kingdom, Germany)[1]
Producer Ryan Hadlock
Singles from The Lumineers
  1. "Ho Hey"
    Released: June 4, 2012
  2. "Stubborn Love"
    Released: October 3, 2012
  3. "Submarines"
    Released: July 30, 2013[2]

The Lumineers is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band The Lumineers. The album was released in the United States on April 3, 2012, and contains the singles "Ho Hey", "Stubborn Love" and "Submarines". The album has peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The Lumineers debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 45 on its week of release with sales of 10,000. The success of the song 'Ho Hey' however began to drive sales of the album, and it eventually reached a peak of No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

The album has sold 1,343,000 copies in the US as of July 2013.[3]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (73/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[8]
Irish Times 4/5 stars[9]
The New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars[10]
The Observer 3/5 stars[11]
Paste 8.6[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
Uncut (7/10)[14]

The Lumineers by The Lumineers received mostly positive reviews.[4] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] The album has garnered both positive and mixed ratings from critics. To this, the positive reviews are from Allmusic, The Austin Chronicle, Digital Spy, Irish Times, The New Zealand Herald, Paste and Uncut magazine. On the other hand, the mixed reviews came from The Guardian, The Observer and Rolling Stone magazine.

Steve Leggett of AllMusic believed that "each track is inventive".[5] To this, Joe Breen of the Irish Times said the music needs to be communal because it is essential to the collective and joint mission between the band and the fans, which is "underlined by elemental instrumentation – guitar, cello and drums; in the manner in which songs of call and response become sites of collaboration and celebration; in the vernacularity of the thoughtful lyrics."[9] Lydia Jenkin of The New Zealand Herald said that the music is enjoyable, but the music is even more so entertaining "live (when they rope in further players to help fill out the many layers of piano, drums, percussion, and guitars)."[10] Alexandra Fletcher of Paste proclaimed that the "record is instantly gratifying—and not in the hasty, shallow way often found in pre-fab pop songs either."[12]

Melanie Haupt of The Austin Chronicle found the release to be "uniquely American in all the best ways: gritty, determined, soaked in sweat and love and drive."[6] Similarly, Graeme Thomson of Uncut called it "primal, pounding folk music", and he found that it was facilitated with a subdued amount of "drama."[14] Lastly, Thomson proclaimed that "Nothing is overcooked," which means the sound can readily and "easily [be] recreated by the band on some makeshift stage."[14] Conversely, Phil Mongredien of The Observer faulted the album because the "songs float prettily", which does not create an impression because the band produced "gossamer-light and gossamer-memorable" music.[11] In agreement, Will Hermes of Rolling Stone told that the music here "basically argues that a bunch of Americans can lead slowly-accelerating lovelorn singalongs just as well as UK yankophile Marcus Mumford, bringing fiddle scratching, marching-band snare rolls, parlor-room piano chords, and Kingston Trio guitar strumming to an album that’s long on nostalgic reverie."[13] But, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy vowed that "they've still got plenty more to get off their chest", so this album gives them the potential to get that done.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites (except as noted). 

No. Title Length
1. "Flowers in Your Hair"   1:49
2. "Classy Girls"   2:45
3. "Submarines"   2:43
4. "Dead Sea"   4:07
5. "Ho Hey"   2:43
6. "Slow It Down"   5:07
7. "Stubborn Love"   4:39
8. "Big Parade"   5:27
9. "Charlie Boy"   4:21
10. "Flapper Girl"   3:15
11. "Morning Song"   5:16
Deluxe Version bonus tracks[15]
No. Title Length
12. "Ain't Nobody's Problem"   4:56
13. "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)" (David Byrne/Chris Franz/Jerry Harrison/Tina Weymouth) 3:50
14. "Elouise"   2:27
15. "Darlene"   2:59
16. "Slow It Down (Live)"   4:39

Personnel[edit]

The Lumineers
  • Wesley Schultz – vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, ukulele and effects
  • Jeremiah Fraites – vocals, drums, percussion, guitar and mandolin
  • Neyla Pekarek – vocals, cello, keyboards, mandolin, accordion, drums, percussion
  • Sleth Ulvang – keyboards, guitar, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals
  • Ben Wahamaki - electric bass, vocals
Additional musicians
  • Adam Trachsel – electric bass, upright bass
  • Lauren Jacobson – violin
  • All the Lumineers and their Friends – group vocals, stomps, hand claps

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[16] 3
Italian Albums Chart[17] 90
Netherlands (Album Top 100)[18] 6
Portuguese Albums Chart[19] 19
Spanish Albums Chart[20] 21
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 27
UK Albums Chart[22] 8
US Billboard 200[23] 2
US Alternative Albums[23] 1
US Rock Albums[23] 1
US Independent Albums[23] 1
US Folk Albums[23] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Dutch Albums Chart[24] 74
US Billboard 200[25] 13
US Folk Albums Chart[26] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Platinum 80,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[28] Platinum 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,343,000[3]

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States April 3, 2012[31][32] Digital download, CD Dualtone Records

References[edit]

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