Rocco DeLuca: Drugs ‘N Hymns Review

Drugs ‘N Hymns is the latest release from Californian born and bred, Rocco DeLuca. Now making strides down the solo path, DeLuca has taken his blues-rock roots and transformed it into a far more yielding acoustic sound. The record consists of ten raw, but well crafted tracks, each with a distinct ethereal tone. This is not something that can be turned on and immediately enjoyed. It requires time and a still mind for one to be immersed and reflect upon this fascinating talent.

The album opens with “Lucky,” a soul-exploring tale accompanied by the dulcet tones of a resonator guitar. The instrument is elementary to the form of the album and makes a beautiful accompaniment to Deluca’s tender vocals. With some songs traversing a more experimental and atmospheric route, such as “Gorky,” images of a more otherworldly nature begin to emerge. This is also reflected within the lyrical content of other tracks as connotations of religion become apparent, especially with the introduced harmony of the Echo Park Jubilee Tambo Flower Unsung Heroes Choir.

Without the entirety of Rocco DeLuca and the Burden some may feel dissatisfaction in the lack of dynamic ferocity DeLuca has produced, but it is important to recognize that the ferocity and bite is still there, only now in the form of melodic genius and lyrical artistry. This is made apparent in the final track “Drugs ‘N Hymns,” which is a fitting end to DeLuca’s work. It seems to sum up the very essence of what the album is about, a search for redemption or salvation from the bitter parts of life. Overall this is a well-crafted album, albeit rather unrefined. However, this stripped-down approach is where the emotive intensity comes from and it is sure to imprint upon those listening.

The Review : 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Lucky
– Amen
– Gorky
– Drugs ‘N Hymns

The Big Hit

– Drugs ‘N Hymns

Review by George Ward

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  1. […] Drugs ‘N Hymns is the latest release from Californian born and bred, Rocco DeLuca. Now making strides down the solo path, DeLuca has taken his blues-rock roots and transformed it into a far more yielding acoustic sound. The record consists of ten raw, but well crafted tracks, each with a distinct ethereal tone. This is not something that can be turned on and immediately enjoyed. It requires time and a still mind for one to be immersed and reflect upon this fascinating talent. The album opens with “Lucky,” a soul-exploring tale accompanied by the dulcet tones of a resonator guitar. The instrument is elementary to the form of the album and makes a beautiful accompaniment to Deluca’s tender vocals. […]

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