Friday, January 08, 2010

TK # 16 - Lucero - 1372 Overton Park (2009)

Certain bands bleed rock and roll through bursting veins and arteries in dangerous blasts of desperation and recklessness. Lucero epitomizes that type of band and their white hot, sweaty mess of a rock show has been their main calling card. Until now… 1372 Overton Park is their bid for the brass ring (or least a little wider audience) and while the scorched-earth vocals of Ben Nichols remain gloriously intact, there’s the slow burn of opener “Smoke”, the Hold Steady-isms of the keyboard-driven party anthem “Sounds of the City”, as well as the addition of horns (!!) on several tracks, most notably “The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo”, a rave-up that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Pleased to Meet Me.

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