Blues, Jazz, Pop

[Album Review]Andy Lucas- Weekend Millionaire

0 Comments 26 August 2010

by Tiana Feng

Andy Lucas I think is one of my new fav things that have ever reached my inbox. He is a blues/pop/ musician hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. His debut album Weekend Millionaire displays all the features that make him such a great musician.

I think I’ve been accidentally listened to this album backwards because it went into iTunes that way, but it doesn’t matter. I think the final track Burn with its simple melody and matching piano line is actually my favourite track of the album. It is the more pop track out of the entire album and I love the acoustic feel and the beautiful underlying violin part that tugs at your heart strings.

Before Burn was Talk of the Town a very slow bluesy ballad with an Elton John like piano part and strings parts with so much longing of whoever is “gone” in his world.

Whats really great of this album is the many moods you can find. His music can be quite humorous and clever when he wants to be. Einstein and The Taxi Driver is a great example of this poking fun at historical figures.

The Miserable Musical Prostitute is so witty and brilliant. Its sung in such a serious tone and deep melody and random quote of the Beatles With a Little Help from my Friends as well as melodic quotes from various familiar tunes(including one from Elton John I think) that were brilliantly mixed in.

The title track Weekend Millionaire is a more upbeat jazz track introducing the character, maybe even the same character that is in the album throughout. Its kinda interesting because this is the second track on the album introducing a man in third person. Whereas I think Birds the first track sounds like it is introducing the same person in first person and starts off with a beautiful piano intro showcasing Andy’s talents as a pianist.

Weekend Millionaire is one of the most solid debut albums I have heard. I love the characters he portrays in his songs. Its like watching a musical, but not! Then when you want to listen to something more serious, you have tracks like Burn that sweep your heart away. On top of that he is an amazing pianist and his songs are so appropriately and beautifully arranged.
Andy Lucas- Burn
Andy Lucas- The Miserable Musical Prostitute

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