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Luke Leighfield – Lullaby

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was going to save this for a bit further down the line, but after listening to it on repeat, at full volume, on my new headphones which arrived in the post yesterday, on a trip to the post office to send used cosmetics and Metallica’s ‘Some Kind of Monster‘ DVD for only 2 friggin pounds, I couldn’t wait any longer.

Lullaby is the last track off the latest Luke Leighfield album ‘Have You Got Heart?’ which was released last month on his own label Got Got Need (which I’m guessing is from our youth days of swapping Pogs/Pokemon cards/Premier League stickers). He’s actually giving the album away for free with the option of purchasing what I feel is a successfully flamboyant CD version with a 40-page booklet  for those hanging on to the dying trade of physical CD purchases. The photos are by the exceptionally multi-talented, intellect-box Tom Price and show the rural studio that it was recorded in owned by Peter Miles

After 9 tracks of wonderfully mature songwriting, orchestration, and honest lyrics (with wit and irony which so many critics in the past never seem to realise) enters the finale:

The track beings with a childlike melody played so delicately that you can hear the sound of the piano sustain pedal being pressed. But after a gradual building up of texture with vocals, bass, drums, and finally the sound of guitar feedback at 2:47, begins one of the most epic endings to an album I have ever heard. The massive guitar and piano riff is so catchy it just doesn’t wear thin and contains so much energy that it quite justifiably, rocks out over and over again for at least a minute (until 3:56) with more guitars in harmony being added each time (my favourite being the last at 3:36).

I think this explains why I’ve racked up 47 plays of this song on iTunes within a few weeks of owning it and have just booked my coach tickets to see him live in Southampton on Saturday.

Lullaby by Luke Leighfield

  1. Tom Price
    December 4, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    hey massimo. This is a delightfully detailed, yet succint, appraisal of what you rightly describe as a monumental ending to a magnificent work of art. I wholeheartedly agree with your description of the gorgeous layering of melodies and harmonies in that final homeric sweep. I very rarely enjoy reading reviews. This was a gem. Thank you. (p.s. thanks for tagging me :p)

  2. Steve Lewis
    December 8, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Go Massimo!

  3. swifted
    December 8, 2009 at 6:48 PM


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