OneRepublic has to wait, I'm sorry. But this band has just been swinging in my head. A number one hit, a Grammy nomination and a rising band. This is The Lumineers,
Watch the music video for Ho Hey here.
Talk about one year, and one year could change where you end up. For the Lumineers, 2012 had hardly been a better year for them. Nominated for a Grammy, hitting third spot on the Billboard hot 100 and also getting famous through many other promotions (such as Ho Hey on the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook), this is one band that you've got to listen to to believe it.
A little more background from the band. The Lumineers are an American folk band, and had just released their debut self-titled album last year, releasing their famous song Ho Hey, with the album itself garnering success, propping at number 2 on the Billboard 200. It soon achieved platinum status, and so did their single.
So, given such little information, do you still think that they are great for best new artist? Apparently, last year was also a damn well year for fun., as they beat The Lumineers out on the category, which was obvious as the other possible contender would be Frank Ocean. The other category they were nominated in was the Best Americana Album, but they did not won that one either. Let's move on to the song, which I had immediately taken a liking to ever since the Oscar's Best Picture nominated movie, Silver Linings Playbook.
Ho Hey starts off with the guitars and strings up at C major. What captures the feeling for this song however, is the potentially heart-warming lyrics. Coupled with backing vocals that screams the song's name (ho hey in case you didn't know), the drums kick in with swiftness. What's more appropriate to say is that the song is lesser than 3 minutes, gaining my reputation to put it on replay almost every time I had to switch a song back to this one. One replay is never enough. I say it again, never enough.
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet heart. - The Lumineers
What that is more crazy is that you fall in love with this song the more you crave to listen to it. It bounces off you with a positive energy and certainly entails you on a high note. Ho Hey begins with a stringent sound, and ends with it capturing everything that you had known. You can never imagine this band could produce something so vibrant and diverse in 2 minutes and 42 seconds. You can never believe it.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - This is a classic, and a classic long way to go.
SOUND: 9/10 - Only a few pieces of magic and this track lives on and on.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Heartwarming lyrics that has to be listened closely to know it.
OVERALL: 27/30 - This is one of my favourite songs to play whenever your mood is down. Eventually slow at pace, but when it kicks you in the mood, this song doesn't let go. Ho Hey will go on to rumble in my song playlist as I will be playing and already did played it for days.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.