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'Women & Work'
(ATO Records)

Phil Kane

phil kane

lucero women and work

Here you are then, a good dose of rocked up Americana of the kind you'd get if The Boss jammed with Tom Petty and The Georgia Satellites. It is blue collar poetry with redneck guitars giving you a slice of prime Americana tale telling.

With a slice-of-life sadness and world weary perceptiveness of the likes of Drive By Truckers and Bottle Rockets, 'Women & Work' is an album of horn driven, boogie woogie piano tinged rocked up soul of the kind that seems to be made for the big empty sky and wide open spaces of the American prairielands where a road can seem to go straight as a dye into eternity.

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Lucero's website describes 'Women & Work' as a love song to Memphis and guitarist/vocalist Ben Nichols is quoted as saying, "You work all week, thinking about women and the weekend... 'Downtown' is Friday night, 'Go Easy' is Sunday morning. The rest of the record is the party in between."

And that it is, yet don't expect something that is happy clappy smiley party time because there's a deep dark undercurrent to this album that reflects the faux bonhomie of your average boozy Saturday night out on the town. The beauty of 'Women & Work' is that it could apply to anywhere in the world.

These are tales that have a warmth and soul that can only be found after a heart has been broken, the veneer of expectation has been replaced by the patina of disappointment and any desire for perfection has yielded to the unrelenting march of bemused resignation.

'Women & Work' contains no instant hits, at least not in the pop sense. The album is more like a book, where the whole is far great than its constituent parts. It's an album that takes you on a journey and like that journey it ebbs and flows with its characters and situations.

'Women & Work' would sound equally at home blasting out of the kitchen of a lonely diner as it would on the stereo of an open topped car and in fact, if I could, the top of the works van would be rolled back as it heads down the A39.

Being, I think, the band's ninth album, on one level 'Women & Work' is an excellent good time southern tinged rock and roller yet on another it is a deeper, briefly contemplatative study on life out in the small town badlands.

Either way, it deserves your attention pretty damn soon.





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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