Lucette’s debut album, Black Is the Color, is a dark, haunting Southern Gothic masterpiece.
The standout tracks are Lucette’s trippy cover of the traditional folk ballad “Black is the Color,” the moody original “Muddy Water,” the “Jolene”-esque “Able Mae” and the album’s sultry first single, “Bobby Reid.” The latter features singer-songwriters Sturgill Simpson and JD Wilkes.
The first half of the album is especially mesmeric and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite releases of the year.
I was excited to learn that GEMS had covered “Don’t Cry,” then disappointed when I found it wasn’t a cover of the Guns ‘N’ Roses song. Instead, GEMS puts their sultry, electro-pop twist on Seal’s “Don’t Cry.” Which is also a good song, just not quite as exciting as GNR. The cover is featured on GEMS’ Medusa EP and you can download a free, legal mp3 of it by signing up for their email list.