Colin Monette is an experienced musician from Minneapolis who recently released Lucky*. This is a very polished but organic and live sounding album. A lot of the styles revolve around blues, jazz, folk and other like-minded genres.
The album starts with the very Americana influence entitled “Go To California” and even though the song has familiar themes as well as sound, Monette just sounds great. It’s warm, inviting and balances melancholy, hope and nostalgia quite well.
I loved the older guitar sound on “Honest Man’s Misery.” The recording is crisp but you feel like you’re in the room with the music. There's a ton of soul that wraps around this almost traditional sounding song.
Monette sounds a bit like a band from the late ’60s on “Foolish Man” while “Summer Love” is stripped back with some lovely slide guitar. There’s some beautiful guitar picking and breathy vocal work on “Faces in the Clouds” which is an intimate highlight.
The energy picks up with “Aurora Borealis,” “Caffeine City” and “Feel Free.” Monette continues to display exceptional delivery on “You Remind Me” and “Hills of Sage.” We hear some rare percussion briefly on “What is Cool?” which reminded me of jazz legend Django Reinhardt. We get a full band with “Today” while the title track “Lucky*” revisits that warm Americana style folk.
Monette is very talented and he doesn't need to fill up his songs with tons of instrumentation to prove that. These songs are heartfelt, human and sincere. Take a listen.
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