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2009 release, Lucero's sixth studio album and major label debut, The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem) and features horn arrangements by legendary Memphis session player Jim Spake (Al Green, John Hiatt, Solomon Burke, Cat Power). 1372 Overton Park marks a decided turn toward the Memphis Soul sound that has long informed the band's records from afar. The new album's name comes from the address of the Memphis loft in which all four band members lived, practiced and even recorded in.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B002NOYX3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Nathan A. Friedman on October 7, 2009
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To those of you who already love Lucero, this review is not for you. You have already bought this album, and are simply reading this review because you love Lucero too.

If you are new to this band, and you find yourself asking, "I wish I could find other bands that meet the high standards of Drive-By Truckers, The Bottle Rockets, or Ryan Bingham." Or if you are one of the many that thought great music has not been written in decades, please do yourself a favor and buy this album. You will love it, you will become a huge fan and buy all of their other albums, and you will ask yourself, "Why have I not heard of Lucero before."

There is no reason to talk about the tracks on this album or any Lucero album. Ben Nichols writes about booze, lost love, and the South. Once again, if you have come this far, and you like what you hearing, you will be eternally happy that you spent $10 on this album. You will be eternally happy that you spent $50 on their entire catalogue. You will just be happy.
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I have to say that when I first heard about Lucero using horns in their songs for their new record, 1372 Overton Park, I was a bit curious and not entirely thrilled at the prospect.

Then I heard the demos and I still wasn't too thrilled, but it wasn't as bad as I had imagined it might be.

Then I got the full CD and it all made sense. The songs wouldn't be the same without the horns or the organ. It might take a little while for some longtime Lucero fans to get used to, but I think it's a pretty good change of direction for the band.

For those worried about how they might sound now that they're on a major label, the good news is that they're pretty much the same Lucero that they've always been. Their sound has matured, but that's nothing new, really. Each album since "That Much Further West" has contained within some musical maturation, so the addition of horn arrangements is just the next step in the Memphis rock/soul direction.

Many of the songs are similar lyrically to other Lucero songs, but that's not really a bad thing if you're a fan of Ben Nichols' lyrics (or comics).

The top songs on the album (in my view) are: Smoke, What Are You Willing to Lose, The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo, Sixes and Sevens, Johnny Davis and Halfway Wrong. The weakest songs are probably Darken My Door and Hey Darlin' Do You Gamble? Keep in mind that by "weak" I really just mean they're not as great as the other songs; they're still better than 90% of the crap that passes for music today.

Overall, I really dig this new CD by Lucero and I think it might be their best one since 2003 and that's not knocking Nobody's Darlings or Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, because both are awesome...1372 Overton Park is just better.

And if Lucero is going to be in your town this fall (and they probably will be), go see them. They put on an absolutely incredible show and anyone that has ever been knows what I'm talking about.
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This was my first Lucero album; the first one I ever bought and first one I ever heard. And ... well ... I'm still sitting on the fence. I don't hate it, but I'm certainly not in love with it either. Underwhelmed is the word. I love quality alt-country, and am a sucker for any soul-infused tunes that remind me of that great old Memphis & Booker T. sound. I think this band means well and is sincere about following their musical muse, but the songs just aren't that strong or memorable on this album. Again, I give 'em points for trying, but this one seems half-baked to me.
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My first offering from this band was Women & Work, it is almost always loaded on at least two of my music devices. No exception here. Overton Park has great lyrics, production and a variety of music from a solid band.
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I purchased this record for my husband for Valentines Day. It has the song we danced to for our first dance at our wedding. I was able to get the band to sign the record for us as well. Anyone who hasn't heard their music should really check them out. They have a unique sound and are so talented with songs that really touch your soul.
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I've been a fan of Lucero ever since their first album came out. I've seen them live a bunch of times. At certain points I have considered them my favorite band.

This album is awful. It is an over-produced, over-arranged, multi-layered, sloppy audio burrito, with way too many instruments, background singers, horns, and pianos-- a giant cacophony of useless extra garbage layered over songs that, as far as I can even tell (because they are literally hard to hear as they are drowning in sound), are actually quite uninspired. There are so many condiments and spices loaded and sprinkled on top this musical food that the flavors have completely cancelled each other out and what is more, it seems like the recipe was fatally flawed from the get-go.

This music sounds like doctors hatched a mentally challenged offspring from the DNA of Bruce Springsteen at his most excessive post- Born in the USA period with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, mixed with a squirt of from John Cougar Mellancamp...except, you know, without the decent songwriting skills of those three performers.

Total epic failure.
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This is a different direction for them. They've added horns. The feel of it is still undeniably Lucero though. It has a ton of good songs on it. Most notable are 'Can't Feel a Thing', 'What Are You Willing To Lose?', 'Hey Darlin Do You Gamble', and 'Mom'. Other good ones are 'Smoke', 'Sound of the City', 'Goodbye Again', 'Johnny Davis', and 'Darken My Door'. Because of the horns, this album will have to grow on me. But I'm liking it so far. It is a must have for all Lucero Fans and an album that fans of Two Cow Garage, Slobberbone, My Morning Jacket, Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Marah, and Macon Greyson should check out. Also fans of real rock and roll mixed with a little punk and country need to listen to.
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