Review : LUCERO - Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers
SpinLucero probably romanticizes alcohol-soaked working-class futility to an unhealthy degree, and Ben Nichols is hardly the first blue-collar bard to look for a way out of a dead-end town at the bottom of a shot glass. But on the Memphis roots rockers' fifth album, Nichols' gritted tales, sung as if he's gargling bourbon and thumbtacks, often achieve a Springsteen-ish grandeur. ...full text
Silent UrpoarBen Nichols and Lucero have managed to escape the Uncle Tupelo and Replacements comparisons by now. Playing the role of a band that's shared between three markedly different demographics--the indie kids, the punk scene, and the No Depression crowd--the Memphis-based quartet has brazenly flaunted its haggard alt-country for the majority of the '00s....full text
AV ClubLucero frontman Ben Nichols has a voice that barely ranges at all, and he sings in an exaggerated grunt that's like Bob Seger with a throat full of phlegm, but in the context of Lucero's songs—all burning-ember guitars and raw need—Nichols' vocals are as natural as smoke. On the band's new album, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, Nichols pushes his voice a little more than usual, but that mainly means he rasps higher and longer. Mostly, he lies back and lets his bandmates rumble along at their usual parade-stride pace, while adjunct member Rick Steff fills in the gaps with tinkling piano and sustained organ riffs....full text
PopmattersLucero has quietly become the second-best roots rock band in America these days, trailing, by my scorecard, only the peerless Drive-By Truckers. And they’ve earned that slot honestly, touring incessantly and honing their Replacements-meets-Springsteen act to a fine point, with frontman Ben Nichols’ whiskey-soaked, aged-beyond-its-years vocals, the band’s chief calling card. Over the course of their last three albums—Tennessee, That Much Further West and Nobody’s Darlings—Lucero got tighter. But those albums sounded like Lucero was constantly re-making the same album—a kickass, honest alt-country album—but the same album nevertheless....full text
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