Czech Republic - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 10 - 08/18/97
In The Sky...
The group Lucie rose to enormous popularity
in the early nineties. Unfortunately, this popularity has been falling
since. In the Sky... shows reasons for both their popularity and
There are twelve cuts on this CD, eight
completely written by the band members. Most songs feature a pop/rock
style halfway between Billy Idol and The Cars, with drums, bass, guitars,
keyboards and male voices, two of them almost always singing an octave
apart. And here lies the rub. While the production, musicianship and
most of the songwriting is passable, this cold impassive singing and the
resulting sameness of expression deter from a totally positive
Only occasionally Lucie breaks the
mold. Mary'N'Jane consists of repeating samples, a synth bass
line and sound effects alternating with their typical vocals. Dal
bych ti co chces (I'd Give You Anything You Want) brings the first
memorable lyrics, restrained drumming and a building keyboard/guitar
arrangement. On the other hand, Zhavy stroje (Red-Hot Machines)
features passionate singing of forgettable lyrics and Zkamenely dite
(Petrified Child) mates an upbeat ska melody with a parade of
rhyming surrealistic images, including among other things "white tar,
Lenin's bald spot" and a "I like peace and cheese" outro...
The skimpy CD booklet features all of the
mostly pointless lyrics, but doesn't list any of the musical details.
But that's OK, the typeface is too difficult to read anyway...
So in the long run, Lucie's In The
Sky... "czechs" out as a noble, but ultimately boring effort that
doesn't really stand up to repeated listening.
Copyright © 1997 Ivan Sever