Tom Lucas' long-awaited 3rd album(packaging of this CD is available in English, French and German), "Millennial Sequence: Jailbreak!," finds the singer-songwriter returning to the scene after a too-long, 25-year hiatus. With a style that's been referred to as Psych / Folk Rock (but perhaps more closely approximated mid-'70's, NY-centric Punk / New Wave 'artistes', such as Patti Smith, Richard Hell or Lou Reed), Lucas reached legendary status with 2 albums that now command hefty collector's prices for their rarity and uniqueness. His new CD, "Millennial Sequence: Jailbreak!" - while more expansive than his earlier albums (3 songs clock in at over 6 minutes in length), bears the same trademark idiosyncratic – but completely accessible, piano-based pop-rock songs. CD-opener, "Out of Jail," is a well-crafted David Bowie-meets-Leonard Cohen ballad, both urbane and autumnal in its wistfulness, while "Paris of My Heart (Paris de mon Coeur)," with Lucas crooning in a wide-eyed David Byrne-like wonderment, is an impressive 8-minute-plus epic. Other highlights include the soulfully infectious "Nothing But Joy," with Lucas backed by what sounds like a rag-tag street chorus, and the ethereal "Birds of Prey," which takes the singer full-circle, invoking the above-mentioned Patti Smith in its quiet intensity. Twenty-five years in the making, Tom Lucas' new CD, "Millennial Sequence: Jailbreak!," is just in time to re-introduce the enigmatic artist to listeners who would rather forego formulaic pop for genuine and uncompromising - if rough-around-the-edges, artistry.
-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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