added: 19 Apr 2014
// release date: 31 Mar 2014 // label: Play It Again Sam
reviewer: Paul Chapinal
I suppose that Lucius may be reasonably happy that their album is not an easy one to place. Nothing on it really says Ďah, itís this or that, hereís your pigeonholeí and thatís one of the real joys of the New Yorkers debut.
The title track opens the album, with the remarkable harmonies of Jess Wolfe and Holly Lassig, and an odd clip-clopping canter that brings to mind cheap western soundtracks, though thatís absorbed as the song progresses and builds. Then thereís the slight Country twang of Go Home, sitting happily with the poppy/AOR of Hey Doreen. Tempest fleetingly brought to mind ABBA. Itís an indication of the invention on this record and of a band thatís prepared to mix things up.
Nothing Ordinary certainly isnít, with itís off centre tribal rhythms and percussion, and a startling chorus that just whacks you around the head, it is a highlight of the album. The sauntering and pop sunny Until We Get There, and itís running mate Donít Just Sit There are probably the most immediate tracks on the album.
The closing brace of Monsters and How Loud Your Heart Gets getís the album back on to the more avant-garde; the latter finishing off with a true epic, though like the rest of the album itís never so out there that itís gaga.
Iím not forced to label them, but letís go with pop mainly because the melodies and general vibe of the album leans it that way, but thereís a hell of a lot going on here. In fact there are so many ideas that at times it sounds a trifle cluttered, though itís a minor niggle. The bandís performances are first class throughout, and with Jess Wolfe and Holly Lassigís stunning lead vocals they are a formidable talent.
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