Singer-songwriter Tony Lucca presents a myriad of soulful
songs on his latest album Rendezvous With The Angels. Several
comparisons come to mind when one thinks of other acts in the similar
acoustic-guitar-indie-rock-solo-singer genre like Joe Purdy,
Sea Wolf, or Ben Harper - just to name a few. However,
the timbre of Lucca's voice actually reminds me more of Lyle Lovett.
Truth be told, there really are a great deal of artists filling this
category of music, so it takes that extra something special to stand
out from the crowd.
Where Lucca differs is in his ability to transcend genre, from the
R&B "Like Love," to the folksy "Undertow,"
the poppy "Long Love Letter" or the straight ballad "Nobody
But You." There is also a smooth power to his vocals. In fact,
his vocals are strong enough, especially compared to other artists
of this genre, that he could probably be successful without working
the indie guitar singer-songwriter angle - not that he should, but
he could probably get away with it. It's especially noticeable on
tracks like "Like Love," "Anchored," and "Nobody
As a happy surprise buried toward the end of the 13-track album,
Lucca does a lovely cover of Billy Joel's "Vienna."
It doesn't stray very far from the original arrangement, but Lucca
nails it. Of course I could just be biased since this might be my
favorite Joel song. Oh, there is also an appearance by Sara Bareilles
Overall, Lucca is a very talented artist that should do very well
if he can get noticed in the sea of indie solo guitar acts. Fortunately,
Rendezvous... showcases his outstanding vocals and chameleon-like
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