Another day filled with a mailbox filled with records - those days are nice. Also makes me realize that I haven't updated my deadformate list in kind of a long while. That was followed by another realization - it feels really dorky constantly updating it. And there's too much to add to it. Maye some other time when I'm out of things to do.
Anyway, one of the things that arrived in the mailbox today was the vinyl debut of Lucero's 5th album, Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers, courtesy of Sabot Productions. The packaging is solid, with the gatefold jacket and all and I dig that it was pressed on thick 180 gram vinyl. BUT the one huge problem I have with this release is that it's just on one LP. Should've totally been pressed on two records - almost 50 minutes of music on one piece of vinyl doesn't really sit right with me, especially when it's an album I love by a band I love even more.
The sound's alright - although at times the volume will peak, getting pretty loud for a while, followed by a drastic drop. Could've sounded glorious if it was properly spread out across two records. Oh well, it only cost me about 8 bucks so that's a totally nice deal. I just hope Sabot handles the next Lucero releases a little better and makes 'em double LPs.
So, about the music itself, it was nice to revisit this album; haven't listened to it in a while. "I Can Get Us Out of Here", among others, is a beautiful tune.
"I might not be the one but that's alright"; that line's always stuck to me ever since I first heard it. Listening to Ben Nichols brush off something like that always puts a smile on my face. One of the things I love about this band - they're approach to topics like that. It's just a shrug and a sigh for the most part. Ok, maybe all while getting drowned in booze, but - whatever!
Vinyl or CD - whatever you prefer, if you haven't put this album close to yours ears, do so ASAP. And then dig into everything else they've done before and after, if you haven't yet. It's a goldmine!