Lucero’s world is a raucous combination of women, whiskey, and neon bar signs. The Arkansan band’s latest is a perfect reflection of that fast and loose ethos.
Ben Nichols’ sandpaper voice has the appeal of a shot of whiskey poured by an old friend. The guitar work is scratchy and over-driven with power chords that fill out the spaces between Nichols’ voice and the bluesy rhythm section. The horns lay over each track like a swath of barbecue sauce on a plate of hickory smoked brisket.
Not as all-or-nothing as 1372 Overton Park or as lonely as Ben Nichols’ solo EP The Last Pale In The West, Women and Work is more of a celebration of the adrenaline that comes with the perfect combination of those two manly essentials. With allusions to Bruce Springsteen, hardcore, punk and ‘60s and ‘70s blues revival (see: Creedence Clear Water Revival, Pacific Gas and Electric), Lucero is a humid, southern, All-American band—and Women and Work is set to be a spring and summer anthem album.
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