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THE LU­M­I­NEERS

The Lu­m­i­neers Decca ★★★ Per­haps one way to in­ter­pret the new new folk is to hear it as a sound­mir­ror of our so­cial me­dia-ob­sessed selves. When bands such as this Colorado three-piece throw out a song like Ho Hey, they need the cho­rus re­turned with in­ter­est. The mu­sic is per­sonal but it is a per­sonal to be shared. In­deed, the shar­ing is crit­i­cal be­cause this is when au­di­ence and act find com­mon pur­pose. That pur­pose is un­der­lined by ele­men­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion – gui­tar, cello and drums; in the man­ner in which songs of call and re­sponse be­come sites of col­lab­o­ra­tion and cel­e­bra­tion; in the ver­nac­u­lar­ity of the thought­ful lyrics. Songs such as Slow It Down, Big Parade, Sub­marines and Stub­born Love reach out with con­vic­tion, and if they strike a Ryan Adams bell, then there are worse things they could do. the­lu­m­i­neers.com

JOE BREEN

Down­load tracks: Big Parade,

Ho Hey

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