THE BARGAIN BUY: The Lumineers; The Lumineers

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THE BARGAIN BUY: The Lumineers; The Lumineers

This three-piece from Colorado got a long way and a lot of attention for their song Ho Hey of which I said at the time that you' bet Dublin bar bands would be learning it.

It is annoyingly catchy but far from the best thing on this interesting album which has engaging stories and some songs which are considerably less cheerful than that boozy singalong.

I also said this about the song Slow It Down: "This is engrossing and intelligent stuff delivered with raw thoughtfulness, an early Dylan engagement but a thoroughly contemporary innercity twist where the car window is smashed but they didn't touch the stereo. It's about this pointless life, and those pointless acts which can be crime or love, both of which feel much the same."

And there are really acute observations in the lyrics, hard edge images as much as considerations of emotions.

And the song Dead Sea which I posted is catchy . . . in a good, deep and dark way. 

JB_logoSo an album with greater depth than that single suggests and if that song put you off -- and I imagine it had that effect on many -- then push it aside and just bore down into the rest of this album.

It is not only a keeper but at just $10 at JB HiFi stores here, is this week's very good Bargain But. 

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Kyle - Dec 2, 2014

Like others I found out about this album through Ho Hey, but it's got some fantastic songs on it. Graham hasn't mentioned Submarines which is fantastic. Big Parade also very good. Worth well more than $10.

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