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Lucid | Home is Where We Wanna Grow

album review by John Powell

Lucid | Home is Where We Wanna Grow

For their third studio album, Lucid lays out folk rock at its finest. The songs drip with honesty and near-jam band drama without ever flying off the deep end. In fact, Lucid is great at being restrained, and Home is Where We Wanna Grow is the answer to blues for someone that doesn’t love the blues, for jam for those that don’t love the jam.

“Ground on Up” fits right in with Guster, Adam Ezra, and others that use folk to jump from. The swirling snare and gradual horns alleviate into the verses that chip away the honky tonk but leave the same feeling. Andrew Deller steals the show on keys, frolicking over the rest of the band’s tight grooving. “How quickly a sharp knife gets dull,” stands out as one of the best lines on the album and the chorus will have you singing along by the end.

On “Purple Moon”, Lucid leaves us with something Phish might have had on an early studio album. The lyrics aren’t more than simple ruminations, but the major to minor falls and tricky vocal melody twists it into sincerity.

Other than that, the tempos are generally kept on high energy. The exotic “Pterodactyl Lips” peppers in Cuban piano without going full Latin. It’s one of the album’s best songs. “I got nothing to do/ and all day to do it,” and eventually the instrumentation falls into jazzy sweetness.

A key track is “Desposts”, like B-side to The Snake The Cross The Crown’s “Cakewalk”; (for those that remember the Californian rockers, this album is a great companion to Cotton Teeth, although not quite the deadly a slice of heaven). “Raise my family/ stay out of jail,” Kavin Sabourin sings calmly. “Another day in paradise.” The accordion is well utilized and the stark horns aren’t overbearing.

“Armchair Profit” makes you realize how much Lucid sometimes sounds like Moe. Enough of the comparisons, right? Well, it’s proof Lucid has a firm grasp of good songwriting. In fact, the only real drawback to Home is Where We Wanna Grow is that the vocals are often low in the mix. While my computer speakers and headphones balanced the bass and vocals, my car had the bass drowning out the lyrics.

If The Band were still kicking it, they’d probably take Lucid on tour with them. There’s a similar love of homegrown grooves, a sense of farming, justice, judging not, and some fun explorations into narration. Overall, Home is Where We Wanna Grow is a great addition to Lucid’s discography and a good album for anyone interested.

Bottom line: Folk rock with horns and accordion, as well as conscious lyrics and tight instrumentation.


 

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