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When You Found Me finds Lucero at their brooding, brilliant best

Lucero's When You Found Me: just like going to the movies

Lucero: When You Found Me
(Image: © Thirty Tigers)

Twenty-plus years into their country-punk career and Memphis’s Lucero make this follow-up to 2018’s Among The Ghosts sound just so damn easy. Like the portentous soundtrack to some gothic southern film noir, When You Found Me simply drips dark cinematic charm. 

Book-ended by menacing slow-burning opener Have You Lost Your Way and the delicate acoustic shimmer of the title track, the album travels full circle through themes revolving around family, loss, redemption, Irish folktales and mainman Ben Nichols’s daughter’s bedtime fairy stories.

With Nichols’s whisky-ravaged drawl sounds absolutely perfect on Outrun The Moon, Coffin Nails, Good As Gone, The Match and All My Life, all compelling minor-key dramas packed with musical detail and heavy tension. 

When You Found Me combines top-notch musicianship and expert songcraft with bags of brooding atmosphere, with Lucero clearly at the top of their southern-rocking game.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.