Contact Us

The Lumineers, ‘Stubborn Love’ – Song Review

The Lumineers
Dualtone Records

When the young, woodshedded strains of folk music began to intermingle with contemporary gloss — that is, this time around, during the 21st century boom and not the ’60s “pick up yer tent, McGuinn” genesis — the pop public’s flirtation with folk instrumentation and melody ended up not being the passing fad so many expected. Who would have thought that so many Mumfords, Avetts, and Ivers would have surged out of the petri dish?

The Lumineers, who have been sawing at their instruments for a decade now, have only recently have begun getting their shine — thanks to ‘Hey Ho,’ a single that’s finding itself on television more and more and even threatening to poke its finger through the Billboard Top 50.

Amidst plowing such momentum, the Colorado trio has released a new song, ‘Stubborn Love,’ a syrup-thick love battle march that presses all the right nu-folk joy buzzers: war drums, wide swaths of cello, the Pixies-style loud-soft-loud dynamism that’s engrained in our musical DNA (it’s the pop equivalent of MTV’s influence on movie and TV editing, after all), sidewalk-busking showmanship, and a certain brash emotional nudity and mud-caked optimism that’s not just de rigeur, but dang near a prerequisite.

The song is also a multipurpose icepick of melody: It could drill itself right into television climaxes, car commercials, the VH1 (or CMT, for that matter) music video countdown, or, heck, right into the heart of the next mixtape for your summer fling.

Listen to the Lumineers, ‘Stubborn Love’

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

7 out of 10 rating


Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Diffuser

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!