Luke's Fugue State
Bruce Von Stiers
Last year I reviewed an album titled Only Human. It was from Luke LeBlanc, whose music is a mixture of alt folk and alt rock. I really enjoyed the album, especially the song, Driving.
This year finds Luke with a new album. This one has some of the same soul-searching lyrics and great music. This new album is titled Fugue State.
Luke does the lead vocals on the album, along with acoustic and electric guitars. He is joined by Ryan Young on violin, Eric Heywood on pedal steel, Erin Bekkers on drums, Casey Frensz on saxophone and John Cleve Richardson on piano, organ, clarinet and backing vocals. Erik Koskinen played acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo and keys. Koskinen also produced, engineered, and mixed the album.
Luke starts the album out with the great song, Come Clean. It has a Bob Dylan tone. In the past, Luke has been often compared to Dylan. In fact, Luke won the Zimmy at age 13. That is an award named after Robert Zimmerman, Bob Dylan's real name.
Soft and gentle, but with a lot of angst is the second song, Take Your Mind Off It.
Slide On Over is the third song. It has a nice toe tapping beat and smooth, fluid vocals.
Anymore is about not being able to lead life like it has been done. It has some nice pedal steel, a toe-tapping beat and heart-felt vocals.
Down Low has a sad, alt folk/country flavor to it. There are some pretty decent duet vocals in the song.
Still is about a woman that that he just can't forget. Luke sings that he wrote a song that talked just like her. The song has some great violin music.
Walking Days has a toe-tapping beat with a lot of clapping helping things along in the background.
When I Walk With You is a mild song with a touch of clarinet sliding into the music.
Now is about getting clarity on life happenings now that he is a bit older and possibly wiser.
Soothes Me is a mellow song of life and love.
The final song on the album is Long Way To Go. A fitting end to the album, it might just make you think of Bob Dylan, both in the vocals and the music.
Like the previous album of Luke's I reviewed, this one deals with life's ups and downs. It has great music, heart-felt lyrics and terrific vocals.
Fugue State is set to be released on October 28 th . It will be available on most streaming services and music outlets.
To learn more about Luke LeBlanc and Fugue State, visit http://lukeleblanc.com/
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