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Album Review

Luce is a strong debut CD from the titular San Francisco band fronted by singer/songwriter Tom Luce. The album is filled with catchy adult alternative radio fodder, featuring solid musicianship, Luce's fashionably plaintive vocals, and polished production values. The songs' lyrics are rather unremarkable, with vague attempts at Elvis Costello-like irony and sarcasm. The words are the only weak spot of otherwise instantly memorable tunes. Elements of funk, folk, reggae, and Beatlesque pop are represented, yet there is a consistency to the overall sound of the LP. Highlights include the catchy hooks of "Good Day" and "Long Way Down," and the John Lennon-ish groove of "Electric Chair." If Luce can continue writing songs as outstanding as those, the band has a bright future.


Formed: 1999 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: French Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tom Luce assembled his eponymous band in the wake of recording his debut LP, which features veteran musicians from such stalwart acts as Counting Crows, Lisa Loeb, and Clarence Clemons. Luce had been attending college in North Carolina when he was compelled to return to his native Bay Area by the terminal illness of his father. He was taken in by a local patron of the arts, recording his first album in a home studio. Luce has gone on to local popularity in the Bay Area club scene, as well as securing...
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