Awesome. but to say it's their BEST EVER, far from it. That much further west and Nobody's Darling will blow this out of the water.
I met Ben Nichols at an Arby's once
By Philadelphia C0llins
If I could go back in time. I'd tell him to not release this album.
Did Ben stop drinking whiskey and start drinking red wine?? Disappointing to a long running lucero fan.
Diehard not star struck!
Now before everyone gets all punchy and starts dropping bombs on me I am gonna proclaim my DIEHARD status, sleeve full of Lucero lyric tattoos to prove my worth! Been around from the start and really have always enjoyed the diversity the guys have demonstrated from record to record... As a diehard I've not been overwhelmed with every song Ben has written but the majority of an album has appealed to my sing a long nature! This genuine offering was just not to my overall liking... Way to heavy on the horns, piano and accordion. The brass that made Ben and the boys a standout in punk alt country has turn mix of soft piano bar style... Rick Steff's influence is huge in the last full length offering Women & Work as well as This record... That along with somewhat soft lyrics from a traditionally gut wrenching storyteller like Ben has me on repeat with this album trying to pick out the monster lyrics we are all gonna belt front stage left @ the next show.... With the majority of this record I imagine I could be standing in my dentist office rather than seeing beer showers @ the Mercury.... I'm all for progession of ones art and this is by far is not a bad album...but they aren't gonna gain any accolades with this offering to the rock gods...us diehards will definintely find a jukebox and sing along no matter! #holdfast!!
Outstanding album from these guys
These guys are solid rock n' roll. Not pop, metal, alternative, or some other genre created to fit 90% of mainstream music now. They are just genuine. Not really a song on this album I skip...one of the few I will let play start to finish. You have to see them live. If you haven't, you're missing out. Their albums are great, there just isn't a way to capture them live in the studio. I highly suggest checking out, at a minimum, their song "The War" from the album Nobody's Darlings. It's about something Ben Nichols' (lead singer/guitar) grandfather told him about WW2. Check it out. Or don't and regret it the rest of your life.
Lucero never fails to deliver on songs that range from hard rocking to heart wrenchingly quiet. This album is at first listen a little quieter than previous ones, but further listening reveals the tough rockers underneath the ballads. The song writing feels a bit darker at times, but fans won't have any trouble finding their personal favorites. From the horns and hooks of "Can't You Hear Them Howl" to the quiet of I Woke Up In New Orleans". This should be a great album to hear live. I can't wait to see them when they hit DC.
In this sphere of country punk southern rock blueness, Lucero delivers again! And having seen them live, I can picture this entire album translating very well to their live show (yes, the horns are amazing live). Cannot wait for what’s sure to be highlight of fall/winter live music events in FLA. I agree with previous posters, this album does seem a bit bleaker, which is where Lucero is in their wheelhouse, imho. Thanks Ben and boys, well done!
Wow. that's all I can say
I've always felt a connection to Lucero's songs, & this album seems as if it was made for me in a way. I love the new darker sound.
By Madison Wallis
I have all the love in the world for Lucero. It's a good album. The songs didn't grab me as much as their previous albums but if you truly love and respect a band for their talent and commitment, you grow with them. Whether you like it or not.
I can appreciate the Memphis horns on the last few albums, but this is what Lucero does best.