Music Review by Ian Boyd
The Lucas Haneman Express “Tearing up the rails” album is a masterpiece from the beginning to the end. I don’t know that I can relate to you how good this disc is in a short review such as this one. To start with, the sequencing is perfect and by the end you are on the edge of your seat. It’s toe-tapping, hip swinging, arm waving stuff from beginning to end.
They have recorded fourteen songs at Gallery Recording Studio by Dean Watson arguably one of the better studio guys in town. His masterful job of production on this, (LHE‘s second album), is evident from the opening strains. It’s got soul, funk, it swings – and Dean has constructed the songs to perfection.
It’s toe-tapping, hip swinging, arm waving stuff from beginning to end.
Guests include Steve (‘I am everywhere’) Marriner from MonkeyJunk on a couple of tracks,
Jesse Whitley from the 24th Street Wailers and a chorus of voices on one track.
Three tracks were done at Sun Studios in Memphis, quite possibly when the band was representing Ottawa and became semi finalists in the 2016 International Blues Challenge.
There are 2 covers on the disc. The band’s soulful version of Bryan Adams’`Run to You’ and Steppenwolf’s`Magic Carpet Ride’ are both great songs on their own. The LHE interpretations make them belong to the band. ‘Run to you’ is slowed down and Magic Carpet Ride seems a bit faster. The arrangements prove that the band is for real.
The arrangements prove that the band is for real.
Whats even more proof, is when bands perform cover songs to this skill it validates their songwriting – as often covers are better than a band’s originals. Such is not the case with this band. Their song writing stands on its own. (Certainly as good or better than the covers).
If you’re out shopping, and not sure what to buy – trust me, this album gets a ringing endorsement from me.
Lucas Haneman and his solid band have every reason to be proud of this compact disc. The residents of Ottawa are lucky to have him and the band in their creative community. Congrats on a stand up disc!
Find The Lucas Haneman Expressonline here: www.lhexpress.ca
Ian Boyd along with Brother James is the owner/operator of two Compact Music stores in Ottawa. After 38 years retailing he knows a few things about the sound of music. You will find him at the Glebe store.