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Tony Lucca
Rendezvous With The Angels
Rock Ridge Music
www.tonylucca.com


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 But You."

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 to boot.

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 abilities.

-Kelsey Rodgers

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