Bright, breezy and impressive debut from US female fronted Lucius
Subba-Cultcha was lucky to catch Lucius’ live debut back in December 2013 (read our review
here) so impressed we made them our New Artist of the Day
here, to say we are excited for their album is an understatement.
Lucius - Wildewoman 9/10 Out 31st March on Play It Again SamTitle track
Wildewoman has a country vibe going on with acoustic guitars and cowbell rhythm - it's joyous, colourful and carefree, just like a real-life Wildewoman.
Turn It Around brings together massive handclaps and an even bigger chorus, "looking through the wrong end of the telescope" and "AHHH HA" hook, an example of what Lucius do best, create insanely catchy pop songs. Not only are the tunes catchy and lyrics sassy, the songs are richly layered with different instruments and sounds all contributing to the complex sound. On
Go Home they show a softer, more vulnerable sound singing about having "their stitching coming loose", channelling the essence of country great Dolly Parton, sweet and almost childlike yet with voices so powerful it could break any cold heart. Some mournful country slide guitar accompanies the vocals. Things get even more countrified on
Doreen and they take the tempo down a notch on
The Tempest. Proving Lucius aren't a one-trick pony,
Nothing Ordinary is a punky, spiky pop song, layered with distortion and feistyness. One of the many highlights is the ballad
The Two of Us on the Run, starts of slow, sad and wistful then builds into a powerful chorus. The other is the equally as lovely and beautiful
Until We Get There, recently featured on
New Girl. It's difficult to describe using just words just how wonderful the girls vocals are, honeyed, mellifluous, melodic, harmonious only begin to scratch the surface. Not only are their voices incredible but their ability to write such catchy songs,
Don't Just Sit There is pure pop gold, the guitars twinkle and shine, rarely does the album falter,
Monsters is by comparison to the rest of the album one of the few weaker tracks. A colourful debut that mixes together classic pop songs writing with unexpected twists on country music and irresistible female harmonies.