Johnny Lucas ::: Attention

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Please don’t give me any attention’ pleads the titular track from the Warrington singer songwriter’s Debut album. Well I wouldn’t but he’s after writing a decidedly catchy long player that belies the tongue in cheek nature of its title and draws the listener in. Lucas has been plying his trade as a jobbing rock musician for the last seven years and now he has reinvented himself as an indie-pop sounding songsmith. Some changes of style crash and burn miserably but Lucas has carved out an album that is well worth taking notice of.


The standout numbers are the almost alt country sensibilities on display with ‘living today’ ‘, it’s a lovely track. ‘Attention’ does what it says on the tin, its catchy melody and jaunty feel bears repeat listening. ‘My heart lies’ is another standout track that is part Cast and part The La’s. ‘Kelly’ is another solid effort that recalls the more playful parts of Parklife. Lucas describes himself as having a strong modernised Britpop sound and to be honest Britpop has its stamp all over this record with its fingers all over this records sound. Lucas has plenty of talent and his vocal is equal parts Alex Turner and Lee Mavers.


In short ‘Attention’ is a strong debut showing from a singer who shows a real talent for penning a tune and a keen ear for what makes a decent guitar driven indie pop song.


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