British musician Lucky Singh has just done the unthinkable and has released three albums of music at once to announce to the world that he is ready to shake up the music industry. And this talented musician has created one masterpiece for each of the three albums that he painstakingly created……at least in this writer’s opinion. Since none of the three albums can be described as "best," as we are comparing three completely different styles of album, I will go in no particular order:
With "7", Lucky Singh created one of the best and most diverse instrumental rock albums in a long time, maybe ever. Each of the 13 tracks on the release shows Lucky to be a very capable and competent guitarist, in no uncertain terms.
One thing that separates “7” by Lucky Singh from other instrumental guitar releases is that Lucky does not stay in one musical vein; he changes styles, sounds and moods from track to track. When many guitarist might take to creating music in the style of one particular guitarist, Singh’s playing and composing brings to mind many different players: On some songs, you might recognize the style of Satriani; on other tracks, you might hear Vai; at other times, you may recognize the feeling of Clapton. While the guitarists of yesterday seem present in Singh’s playing on “7”, it is his ability as a guitarist that makes the album such a great release.
Along with Lucky Singh’s ever-changing playing style, the ever-changing style of composing by the musician also makes “7” unique. On the album, the metal sound of “Razorback,” the rock sound of “Memory Man,” the unmistakable Jimi Hendrix influence on “Off The Cuff,” and the Marley-esque reggae feel coupled with Santana breakdowns on “Delta Jam” all give “7” a uniqueness that you rarely find on an instrumental rock release. But it’s “Foxy’s Crazy” that stands out as the most unique songs on the album, as the feel and style of music alternates between staccato playing reminiscent of Frank Zappa and smoother playing reminiscent of Dweezil Zappa. The Jekyll/Hyde aspect of the tune makes it feel like almost no other song ever created.
The different styles of playing, the different writing styles, and the different genres of music represented on “7” by Lucky Singh combine to give the listener an instrumental rock album unlike any other. Ultimately, “7” by Lucky Singh feels like you’re in the middle of the finals of a live international Guitar Hero competition…. And it’s one guy.
While “7” from Lucky Singh is a great instrumental rock release, the musician’s Project 8105 album is completely different. Where “7” focuses on creating rock music based around the guitar, Project 8105 is a concept album; and one of the best concept albums to be released in a long time.
Told as a story, the album is slightly different from the majority of concept albums that have come before, in that this concept album actually has a narrator. The story is done much like hearing someone read a graphic novel aloud.
The storyline for Project 8105 focuses on a country that has just experienced a terrorist attack, like combining the historical elements of Pearl Harbor with those of 9/11. When all is said and done, an unexpecting population completely loses its military force with one well-planned strategic maneuver.
After establishing the basis of the storyline, Project 8105 takes on the familiar feel of the Queensryche album Operation: MindCrime. The population is forced to create a new military from the population that is now all-too-willing to do whatever they must in order to protect their homeland, which includes becoming willing guinea pigs to a mad scientist that has created an experimental drug (Project 8105) that can turn a person into a superhuman for the purpose of surviving in the depths of combat. The storyline revolves around the actions of a man named Jake, one of the men who have volunteered to be part of the military and part of Project 8105.
Although the storyline of Project 8105 is very similar to Operation: Mindcrime (a parallel not lost on Singh, as the album’s title is similar to that release, as well), the storyline, and the album itself, stands firm as its own entity. And as a concept album, the release is very well thought out. And like Singh’s “7”, the music on Project 8105 is very well composed.
Tokyo Rules, the third brand new release from British musician Lucky Singh, finds the musician in yet another frame of mind: pop music. And what Lucky Singh has done for instrumental music on “7” and concept albums on Project 8105 he has done for pop music on Tokyo Rules.
While Tokyo Rules is mainly just a well-written pop-rock album, it is set up in a pseudo-concept album way: While the songs are not all interrelated, those songs that are of a certain mindset are placed into groupings.
One of the groupings on Tokyo Rules would be the “girlfriend” set: with songs like “Ladyfriend,” “Jane,” and “Dreamgirl” among others, it is very clear what was on Lucky Singh’s mind when he was composing these songs.
Another grouping on Tokyo Rules can be described as the “superhero” set. These songs actually seem to feel as if they could have been placed onto Singh’s Project 8105 album. And although Project 8105 works without these songs, it makes me wonder how the album would feel had these songs been included in the tracking of the album.
And then of course, there’s the “Tokyo Rules” set of songs that have been placed throughout the album. These songs all feel as if they have a subtle oriental feeling to them; maybe even not so subtle. And even given their obvious influence, the songs are still rather commercial.
Releasing a multi-disc set of music is a rare occurrence. It’s even more rare when that set is a debut release. So with Lucky Singh releasing three albums at one time for his debut, he really stands out from everyone else who is putting out new music. And the three albums of 7, Project 8105, and Tokyo Rules could not be more different from each other. Whether you like instrumental guitar rock, rock concept albums, or you're a fan of straight-out pop music, Lucky Singh is one musician who has proven that he can create any type of rock music, and he can do it well.
To recreate the magic of his albums while live in concert, Lucky Singh has created a band under the moniker of “7” that is currently touring is support of Singh’s music. "7" consists of Lucky Singh on guitar and vocals, Ben Bosco on bass, and Kevin Bartlett on drums. To find out when and where Singh and the band will perform, plus to find out more about Lucky Singh and his music, go to www.LuckySinghOnline.com. You can also find the band on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/7banduk. To discover any of Lucky Singh’s albums, simply click on the album covers.