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Nobody's Darlings (East West)

By: Alex Steininger

On their fourth full-length, Lucero really hits their stride. Recorded by legendary producer Jim Dickinson, Nobody's Darlings, the band's first for East West, sounds like Johnny Cash meets The Drive-By Truckers, country-rock Southern-fried, played with post-punk vigor and an indie-rock bent. From the rough, whiskey-soaked rock of album opener "Watch It Burn", to the barroom brawl sound of "Sixteen", through the mid-tempo heartache of "And We Fell", Lucero is the working, drinking man's brand of rock. So, raise a glass, drink to them, and blast it loud, 'cause this is blue-collar rock that knows the importance of blowing off some steam with music and a beer. I'll give it an A-.
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