11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As on past releases, Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled 2014 album skillfully bridges the gap between American roots music and 21st-century pop sounds. The L.A.-based singer/songwriter finds a worthy partner in GRAMMY®-winning producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan), who enhances the album’s insinuating lyrics and finely etched melodies with subtly atmospheric shadings. “Colors of the Cold,” “Feather and Knife,” “Congregate,” and similar tracks embellish DeLuca’s high ‘n’ bluesy vocals and ruminating guitar stylings with hints of hip-hop, electronica, and industrial rock, creating an eerily timeless synthesis that’s as compelling as it is unique.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As on past releases, Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled 2014 album skillfully bridges the gap between American roots music and 21st-century pop sounds. The L.A.-based singer/songwriter finds a worthy partner in GRAMMY®-winning producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan), who enhances the album’s insinuating lyrics and finely etched melodies with subtly atmospheric shadings. “Colors of the Cold,” “Feather and Knife,” “Congregate,” and similar tracks embellish DeLuca’s high ‘n’ bluesy vocals and ruminating guitar stylings with hints of hip-hop, electronica, and industrial rock, creating an eerily timeless synthesis that’s as compelling as it is unique.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Robbie’s Corner ,

Groundbreaking

no matter what, this artist always seems to amaze me with his music. One of a kind …again. “Thief and the Moon” absolutely brilliant songwriting.

david richter ,

Read about: Rocco

1. I'm glad Rocco is still able to release stuff, like commercially-able and whatnot.
2. The film with Kiefer Sutherland titled "I Trust You To Kill Me" is AMAZING – I offered to pay the band $2000 back in 2008 to be able to get the raw music recordings from it.
3. His sound just isn't as full as it could be – I miss the talent of The Burden.
4. Everyone tries too hard to make him radio-listenable/-sellable. If you watch the above-mentioned-must-watch film "I Trust You To Kill Me", he talks about rehearsing when John Lee Hooker was listening and Rocco drew a righteously-understated compliment from the Blues God himself (and Rocco wears a "Hooker" shirt a lot) – Hooker never would have said that about most of the music that's been put out, whether the over-produced syrupy studio drek -OR- the massively self-indulgent stupid live guitar solos -OR- the overly-spare whiny folk-emo stuff….(leading to ->)
5. Rocco's real potential just hasn't been touched yet, it's still hiding in there somewhere. Watch the movie, you'll love it (like, Kiefer Sutherland is hilarious when he's really drunk). Cheers!

Uncle Tag ,

If Rocco DeLuca was a cocktail drink...

I would drink it down but it could be more intoxicating with a little Jack White punch mixed in. I think Rocco has all the talent anyone could hope for but is still just on the edge of kicking some serious emotion. This is a great mix of songs for lots of different moods.

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