Al Lukas’s most recent album, Matches, is a smoke filled room of bluesy perfection.
Lukas’s voice, with it’s addictive, raspy quality is perfect for the music he plays and the Toronto artist with his genuine, hearty talent needs little more than his voice and a guitar to enchant listeners.
Between his voice and guitar skills it’s hard not to get caught up in the music which resonates due to his powerful voice but still carries that intimate quality that is so imperative to the music.
Lukas is also a master storyteller and it is not difficult to detect the intelligence in the songs and lyrics. It’s obvious the amount of thought behind each lyric.
The straightforwardness that can be found in the songs befret of flash or gimmicks will strike a cord in listeners. Especially with Don’t Let Your World Down, by far the best track on the album but still a gem among gems, the lyrics are uplifting, engaging and inspiring and when paired with Lukas’s gruff, seasoned voice, rather than coming across in disconnect, relay as the unassuming, naked truth.
This also holds for the other songs of Matches as well. With the ambiance and straightforward delivery the songs take on an it-is-what-it-is quality that conveys a classic timelessness.