Quick Listen: All a Man Should Do (2015) by Lucero

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Lucero has been around long enough to merit conversation about their legacy, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to All a Man Should Do, which has the immediacy of a record from a younger band. There’s middle-age insecurity and ’90s nostalgia too, as well as tributes to Warren Zevon and Big Star, but Ben Nichols’s lyrics sound too hopeful to signal that the band is anywhere near the end of the road. Even their choice of a Big Star cover, “I’m in Love with a Girl”, on which Big Star member Jody Stephens sings backup, reflects a youthful excitement. A lot of up-and-coming bands strive to achieve a wisdom beyond their years; it takes a special band to maintain their vitality, still crazy after 17 years.

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