Andy Lucas: Weekend Millionaire

~ Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Lucas is a bit of a musical nomad who has been plying his trade as a session musician and pianist for hire for several years now while putting together the songs that make up this album. His skill on the old Joanna is a formidable one and it is this that links this album together. Musically he seems to have found his own voice. The sound is not unique but it is hard to pigeon hole. I can hear shades of Elvis Costello, mainly in the voice, along with Duke Special, Ben Folds and even Michael Bublé. The thing though that sets Lucas apart from any of these other guys is his lyrics. This is a deeply dark album. The subject matter is self deprecating and often delivered with wry humour.

There is a schizophrenic quality to this record. Why? Well, you could play it to your Granny and I'm sure she would like it. You could also play it to your indie loving next door neighbour and I'm sure he would love it as well. It is the type of record that you could hear play listed on Radio 2 and then banned once they figure out the lyrics. If you can't tell already, I like this album.

The title track and Supergeeks are indicative of the humour that Lucas packs into his lyrics. He has an inherent ability to paint little postcards in your mind, like dirty little secrets, while never losing focus of the music. For a debut album it is a pretty rounded affair. On The Miserable Musical Prostitute he takes on the perspective of a lounge piano player and the world of hotel lobbies, playing for drunks and knickerless women while trotting out an endless supply of turgid cover versions and sinking into depression.
It's one of those songs that we can all empathise with.

Einstein and the Taxi Driver is a clever idea. A fictional conversation on a fictional journey that could quite easily have happened. Lucas looks at things differently, that is obvious. If you tune into his wavelength then this album will reward you by the bucket load. My personal favourites are the wonderful Sleeping and Talk of the Town. The former is a mini masterpiece with a swirling string arrangement and the latter another of Lucas's little storyboards of small town life and what ifs.

This is a record that deserves your attention for so many reasons. It's clever, witty, dark and mysterious but most of all it's good. Very good. One of the finest debut albums I've heard in a long, long time.

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