On The Lumineers’ self-titled debut, everything is precisely planned: when the music swells, when it cuts suddenly, when the metallic guitar replaces the piano or joins on top of it. Though the folky instrumentals are well executed and carefully manipulated, frontman Wesley Schultz’s delivery is inherently more distinct. His vocals have a sheer, stringy, stretched-out quality to them, which lends him some extra space to whisper or deliver a twangy cry. On “Stubborn Love,” he uses that space to shout soulful lines like, “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.” With such heartfelt lyrics and intricate instrumental details, The Lumineers feels like a labor of love, which makes sense for a record that took four years to complete. Luckily, the result is a debut that’s as stunning as it is indicative of great things to come. The Lumineers play the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido St.) on Friday, October 5. Call 963-0761 or visit clubmercy.com.
Monday, August 13, 2012
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