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Album Review: III by The Lumineers

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The Lumineers are an indie-folk band from Colorado. III marks their third studio album. III might also stand for the three parts of the album. Each part consists of three songs, except for the third part. There is also a fourth part with some bonus tracks.

The first part of the album consists of Donna, Life In The City, and Gloria. The first track, Donna, talks about a woman named Donna. Judging by the lyrics and the video that goes along with the track, this is about a woman's mother. This woman is living an unsatisfying life and doesn't want to live. With the line, "You're praying for a funeral," she doesn't want to be alive anymore. Throughout the track, there is a piano playing an ascending and descending scale. A little lackluster to begin an album, but not a bad track.

The next track we have is Life In The City. The character from the last track is spending a night out in the city to experience the nightlife. This song is a little bit faster and more upbeat compared to the last track. However, this woman ended up having a drunken fling and cheating on her husband. When she gets back there is a sense of regret. Just like the song describes, city life isn't always pretty and there are a lot of things happening.

The last track to part one is Gloria and it is talking about her alcoholism. The track talks about the struggles she faces from alcoholism. While being a serious track, it really does highlight some realities when you might know someone suffering from alcoholism.

The second part of the album consists of It Wasn't Easy To Be Happy For You, Leader Of The Landslide, and Left For Denver. This part of the album is more instrumentally pleasing and interesting than the first chapter. This chapter introduces their child, Junior. This track is considered a breakup track since Junior's girlfriend ends up leaving him.

Leader Of The Landslide is the second track of chapter two. This track is a little slower compared to the last track and very simplistic. However, it talks about the issue of alcoholism and addiction again. In the song, he says the line, "All I ever wanted was a mother for the first time." Alcoholism takes a toll on people and it made it seem like his mother was never there.

The last track of chapter two is Left For Denver. On this track, Junior talks about his mother and that she left for Denver, Colorado. Since he's confused, there are going to be a lot of emotions: sadness, anger, and more. Overall, there isn't really anything interesting that sticks out to me on this track. The same guitar chords are repeated throughout the track.

The last chapter of the album contains four different tracks: My Cell, Jimmy Sparks, April, and Salt And The Sea. Chapter three focuses on Jimmy, who was introduced in the Leader Of The Landslide video. On this track, he talks about love, but his relationship had just ended, and the girl he was with is moving to Denver. That relates back to the previous track, Left For Denver. 

Jimmy Sparks details the character that is focused on this chapter. Stylistically, this track is laid out with several different time changes and instruments added throughout the track. This track talks about his struggles as a single father and raising his son by himself.

April is a short piano interlude track. On the video, it shows Junior passing his father, Jimmy, who is stranded on the side of the road.

The last track of the chapter is Salt And The Sea. Despite all the trouble they may have had, Junior reunites with his father. He stole some money and the cops are after Junior. This track is definitely different compared to the other tracks on this album. According to The Lumineers, they made this track for the movie Glass by M. Night Shyamalan. However, the track didn't end up being in the movie. The Lumineers wanted to put this track on the album to make up for it since they enjoyed making the track.

The album also consists of three different bonus tracks: Democracy, Old Lady, and Soundtrack Song. While not adding to the story, they still have playability, especially if you are a huge fan of the band.

While not having a huge attachment to the issues talked about on the album, it still has some replayability. However, some of my least favorite tracks are very low and are forgettable. Since a lot of the tracks just feature a guitar, some of the tracks just mesh together and are just a blur. The cinematic videos are great and definitely worth watching, but not something I will listen to regularly.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Gloria, It Wasn't Easy To Be Happy For You, Jimmy Sparks, Salt And The Sea


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