10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For the past 20 years, Memphis’ Lucero have been one of the hardest-working bands around, touring relentlessly and fidgeting restlessly with their Southern rock sound. For their ninth album, Among the Ghosts, they strip away the Stax horns and rockabilly piano flourishes of past releases, opting instead for a live-in-the-studio feel that foregrounds Ben Nichols’ distinctive, gravelly vocals and his piercing, personal lyrics. “Even though I’m in a happier place than I’ve ever been before,” he recently told Billboard, “the songs on the record are a little bit darker.” And indeed, tracks like “To My Dearest Wife”—inspired by Civil War soldiers’ letters—add historical gravitas to the Southern gothic style they’ve been perfecting for two decades.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For the past 20 years, Memphis’ Lucero have been one of the hardest-working bands around, touring relentlessly and fidgeting restlessly with their Southern rock sound. For their ninth album, Among the Ghosts, they strip away the Stax horns and rockabilly piano flourishes of past releases, opting instead for a live-in-the-studio feel that foregrounds Ben Nichols’ distinctive, gravelly vocals and his piercing, personal lyrics. “Even though I’m in a happier place than I’ve ever been before,” he recently told Billboard, “the songs on the record are a little bit darker.” And indeed, tracks like “To My Dearest Wife”—inspired by Civil War soldiers’ letters—add historical gravitas to the Southern gothic style they’ve been perfecting for two decades.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings
Doodlebug6194 ,

Best album yet!

I had the pleasure of being at the show at Red Rocks the day the album came out. You can hear the maturity all the guys have went through in the new music. So many amazing songs on this album. Their body of work over the last 20 years is amazing.

craiganthony9 ,

OLD Lucero is back!

Anyone who says they CHANGED their sound with this album hadn’t heard their first 3 albums. That jazzy sound was the new Lucero I didn’t care for. This is the hard hitting, post punk sound I fell in love with like love songs and nights like these. This hits like his solo stuff with a band. I’M GLAD OLD LUCERO IS BACK!!

Tourniquet1 ,

Excellent, if in different form

Layered, textured and contemplative “Ghosts” is another angle on our Lucero-themed soundtracks for life. A welcome addition to a wonderful 20 year-catalog is music. The more I listen to Ghosts, the more I appreciate the depth and sincerity. This is not the CD for bar #1, figure between bar #3 and bar #4 is about right to kick this one up on the Buick’s cassette player (with digital conversion cable). Buy the ticket, take the ride - HS Thompson.

Thank you Lucero Boys! Another keeper!

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