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Lucero (Rock), LuceroAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liberty & Lament
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Else Would You Have Me Be?
2. I Don't Wanna Be The One
3. San Francisco
4. I Can Get Us Out Of Here
5. 1979
6. Cass
7. The Mountain
8. Sing Me No Hymns
9. The Weight Of Guilt
10. She's Just That Kinda Girl
11. On The Way Back Home
12. She Wakes When She Dreams

Editorial Reviews

Torn and frayed, the voice of Lucero singer Ben Nichols epitomizes a band that spends half it's time on the highway driving to the next gig. But judging by the fun the Memphis four-piece appears to be having on its fifth album, that road may go on forever. Produced by David Lowry (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker), the record draws a parallel with its 2005 release Nobody's Darlings, meshing elements of English blues, Southern swamp rock and Bowery Street punk rock-all led by the crashing, thrashing twin guitars of Nichols and the venerable Brian Venable. While songwriter Nichols' can transform Mick Jagger-like between gentle ballads ("She Wakes When She Dreams"), moody love overtures ("The Weight of the Guilt") and straightforward pop songs ("She's Just That Kinda Girl"), his mettle (and the band's) is uncovered in rockers like "I Don't Want To Be the One" and "Sing Me No Hymns." --Scott Holter

Product Description

Their fifth studio album and finest to date; an artistic and commercial step forward for the Memphis band. David Lowery's production brings sharpness and focus to Lucero's sound and "I Can Get Us Out Of Here" is the legitimate radio single that the band has always hinted at. Legendary Memphis session player and recent Cat Power sideman Rick Steff contributes piano and organ throughout, adding a shimmering sonic wrapping to Lucero's hardest rocking and most tuneful album to date. The lead track evokes the spirit of vintage Springsteen while another recalls Wilco's Summerteeth-era into power pop and vintage synthesizers. Other tracks showcase singer Ben Nichols' southern gothic fatalism. It's the single however, that pulls all these elements together into a catchy, visceral rock song.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing me no hymns... September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
...pour me a tall glass of whiskey and let's have some fun rock n rollers. Lucero plays it on this album. It's a tasteful product all the way around from the album title, cover, art, pictures, song titles, song choruses, lyrics, guitar licks, lead licks right where you need 'em, f***in' lyrics again, f***in' cymbals with base and guts with f***in'...f***in'...vocals and drums! And 1, 2,3,4's! Let's pull out the fine china and f***in dance on it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They keep getting better... December 24, 2006
By Cody
Format:Audio CD
This band just keeps putting out better & better material. My favorite album is Tennessee, but this is as good... if not better. In a time of fall out boy (crap in my opinion) being played on radio, its a shame you dont hear these guys. Do yourself a favor (and the band too!) when they come to your city, go and support them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucero rocks my ears October 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Where Springsteen, The Replacements, Skynyrd and The Ramones smash into each other on a whiskey and sweat soaked bar stage, you'll find Lucero's new tunes. Pure visceral power, the fieriest emotions, the drunkest, loneliest nights. If any of that appeals to you, this CD is for you. I think it's their best record, rivaled only by That Much Further West. "What Else Would You Have Me Be" is one of my favorite songs in years. Lucero makes me feel like that 13 year old kid discovering Guns n' Roses and learning to love music for the first time. They are essential. This record rocks my eardrums. Humans who wish to treat their listening organs nicely will purchase this disc and support the hardest working band in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Remarkable Effort April 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I only recently picked up on this band, friend of mine was into Wilco and Uncle Tupelo and I was into The Replacements and Buffalo Tom and The Black Crowes and somehow we ended up finding Lucero.

smoky, raspy, whiskey-tongued and just about perfect. If emotion, passion and grace matter in your music you just might want to pick them up.

And why hasn't anyone drawn comparisons to The Pogues? I swear I hear Shane MacGowan on "On The Way Back Home".

These guys are really nothing short of remarkable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album September 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Reminds me a bit of Uncle Tupelo with the rough vocals and country-rock. Great songs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet! January 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Lucero has always put out awesome albums, but this is their best. A mixture between Southern Rock, Alternative Country, and Punk is a recipe for quality. Support them, they are awesome.
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