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Lucer – ‘L.A. Collection’

Mighty Music
AC/DC, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo
Release Date
July 30, 2021
Mighty Music
Hard Rock

In 1982, I could be found speeding in a red Chevy Malibu, sporting a glorious mullet. At this time, the only cassettes you were legally allowed to play were ‘Back In Black’ and Highway To Hell.’  This album transports me back to those glory days. ‘L.A. Collection’ is where Lucer “dig into the past and find what really mattered when they first started the band.” An unquestionable departure from previous efforts, ‘Collection’ is a splendid display of stripped-down, bare-bones, plain ole Rock. Nothing fancy. Nothing dancy. Three or four chords, a little Boogie, a little edge, and attitude mixed with a 2AM barroom confrontation make ‘Collection’ immensely enjoyable.

It features a solid foundation of smooth-rolling bass and in-the-pocket drumming. Coupled with textbook ringing power chords and biting and emotive leads, this is the perfect vehicle for Lasse Bøgemark’s vocals. They are uber tight and clearly understand the essence of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Now for the bad news. I’m not saying Lucer is influenced by AC/DC or that they sound like AC/DC…I am saying they are AC/DC. Not sure if this is intentional or what, but gee whiz golly wow. Bøgemark couldn’t sound more like Bon Scott if he tried. Malcolm Young is in the room with me singing back-up, and…well, you get the idea. Once you get past the “sound-alike” factor, this is an excellent album. Truthfully, Lucer has the chops to make an outstanding album that sounds like, well…Lucer. I look forward to that album.

Meanwhile…man, I sure miss that old Malibu…but not the mullet so much.

couldn’t sound more like AC/DC if they tried

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