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2009 album from the acclaimed SoCal singer/songwriter, produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel). Deluca's brand of Rock incorporates all of his influences including Soul, Folk and Blues. His previous album, I Trust You To Kill Me, garnered him plenty of airplay, both over the airwaves and on the internet. With Mercy, Deluca is prepared to take that next step: world domination. 11 tracks including the title track performed with Britpopsters Keane.
"Rocco has his feet on the ground and his eyes to the sky," (Daniel Lanois).
Rocco DeLuca uses a delicate falsetto, resonator guitar, and incisive, questioning lyrics to deliver his second album, Mercy. Rocco also had the help of five-time Grammy-winning producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel) to draw upon.
Mercy covers vast emotional terrain, from the Melancholy "Junky Valentine," to the explosive "Save Yourself". The title track "Mercy", is an ambient, piano driven masterpiece featuring a guest performance by UK trio Keane. These twists and turns build, layer upon layer, with haunted intricacy.
DeLuca and Lanois formed their bond after the producer caught a last minute performance at L.A. club Spaceland in late 2007. Following their endless touring, he and drummer Ryan Carman jumped at the chance to blow off steam, and fill an open slot on a hometown bill. "I had my dobro, and Ryan brought a little kick drum, and we played all the material that I'd been writing over the last few months." Lanois - who, unbeknownst to DeLuca, had been listening intently from the front row - beckoned him over to the back bar, and suggested they work together. "I was deeply honored." DeLuca, praised by Rolling Stone for displaying "echoes of Neil Young, Robert Plant, Jeff Buckley and Pearl Jam" early in his career; Instantly recognizable singing; a distinctive instrumental style; and an original songwriting voice. Filter magazine live review wrote, "Walking a fine line between American revival and commercial success... You'd be hard pressed to find any other one-time VH1 staple taking stage only adorned with Dobro guitar and glass slide in hand...it wasn't until midway through the take that the crowd remembered they were at a rock show; and that one man could provide such extremities in the most intimate of settings." DeLuca was influenced by the likes of Son House, Pink Floyd and singers including Billy Holliday and Mahalia Jackson. "I went into this record with a clear idea," he insists. He'd had three years of non-stop touring in support of his acclaimed debut, I Trust You To Kill Me, to refine his vision for his second record. "Lyrically, philosophically, and musically, I'm essentially the same person I was when I was thirteen years old," he admits. "I still get excited and inspired by sounds, language, and people, but learning how to articulate them was something I had to work on." "For the first time, I've come to realize the music in my head."
Rocco & Daniel live in the river of life love music and light. Luminous sounds passion drips like moonlight near dawn.Published 6 months ago by Eric A. Clark
I first got into Rocco Deluca & The Burden from the rockumentary of Keifer Sutherland's called I Trust You to Kill Me. Each song provokes a different set of emotions... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sarah
I bought the entire collection of his album's based on the fact that I liked the song swing low. I saw him do several performances live on Youtube that were great. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Ben Ross
CD arrived quickly (within a week), it was in perfect condition, and plays without a skip or scratch.Published on May 7, 2009 by Jamie Gannon
Rocco DeLuca and the Burden Mercy CD is excellent.
Especially like Mercy, & Open Pages. Rocco's vocals make this CD special. Read more
This is fantastic, music that will never die! All ages will love, try it you will injoy it.Published on April 13, 2009 by Kathleen Waffner
I bought this CD after buying Deluca's first one, I trust you to kill me, and I have to say, well, it sucks. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Micheal K. Brown