Review: The Lumineers :: Brightside

The fact that Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites called themselves Free Beer when they started making music together in 2002 leaves no doubt: you
not only have a sense of humor, but also a talent for clever tactical moves. Their first single, “Ho Hey”, became a world hit in 2012. On “Brightside”, The Lumineers, now reduced to a duo with guest musicians again, offer punctual poetry (“Everyone was only dying to live”) instead of punch lines.

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The unpolished character of the recordings, with either a live or demo feeling, is, however, extremely charming – but occasionally opportunities are missed. The title track presents the most beautiful southern rock in the verses, but the chorus turns out to be regrettably arbitrary. They put it right with the Beatlesque premium chorus from “AM Radio”, and the piano number “Big Shot” has turned out pretty too. Like “Cleopatra” (2016) and “III” (2019), Simone Felice produced it. You can confidently do without free beer. You don’t have to have a nice drink here.


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