Luca

Fractions

by Jason MacNeil

30 September 2007

 

This record finds Nick Luca branching out from his days working with Neko Case, Calexico and Howie Gelb and heading towards a “full-blown four-piece rock juggernaut”, according to the presser. Uh, okay. Well, they get that description correct with the roots rock feel of “Damned” which is damn catchy. However, the album sags slightly with the tight, pop flavored “One Way Ticket Home”, an approach which has been done before and done a bit better also. Luca opts for the disco-tinged dance rock “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar” for better results which delivers the goods that sounds like Rocco DeLuca covering Franz Ferdinand. Perhaps the first real gem here is “Pretty Mama” which could have fallen from David Bowie’s pants circa “Let’s Dance”. Things also stay on the straight and narrow rock path with the lean barroom ditty “It’s Not Over Yet”. The following song has the similar bass from “Walk on the Wild Side”….oh crap, it is exactly like “Walk on the Wild Side” and does not come off well either. Neither does “Fires Burning” for that matter with its sappy arrangement.

Fractions

Rating:

Topics: luca
//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Zeshan B Performs Late Night Set at Mercury Lounge After Colbert

// Notes from the Road

"Powerful Chicago soul-singer dips into the '60s and '70s while dabbling in Urdu, Punjabi and Italian.

READ the article