III — The Lumineers

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The Lumineers are going full-blown cinematic with their third studio release, appropriately titled III. Since the 2013 critically acclaimed self-titled album, The Lumineers, the quintet from Denver, Colorado has been perfecting their craft on the byways of the world, gathering suitcases of experience and penning every moment.

III is a lush, sonic masterpiece broken into traditional storytelling acts: the setup, the confrontation and the resolution, with each act winding its way through the rungs of love, tribulations, recovery and impactful triumph. While the content may be deep, the layers of organic compositions, orchestral swirls and signature clog-thump capture the mood and carry a sweet vibe on the surface.

There is a reason why The Lumineers are intentional with their releases. The outpour of love, craftsmanship and careful attention to detail is hard to miss. Devout Lumineers’ fans will rejoice with a resounding “YES!” and welcome new fans to the tribe with “what took you so long?” III is best served on a loop with each pass richer than the one before. If the band is rolling anywhere around a town near you, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket for yourself and a friend.

– Chris Rucker