Clarence Bucaro – New Orleans

January 01, 1970

(Hyena Records)


Up until now, Clarence Bucaro has been a pretty good pop
singer.  Now, with the belated release of
, he proves he’s a most competent soul
singer as well.  Recorded at a particularly
poignant juncture in the young singer’s life, the album finds Bucaro treading a
stylistic divide that spans the soulful self-assurance of, say, Al Green and
the passionate croon of Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall. It’s a good thing too,
because the album’s intimacy and allusion requires a convincing performance,
and at that, Bucaro excels. That’s especially evident on the album’s most affecting
and impressionable selections — the deeply moving “It’s Only You Tonight,”
“Matters of the Heart” and “Unfulfilled Love” – songs that find Bucaro
stripping things down to their emotional core and adroitly articulating matters
of the heart. 


While this deeply personal series of confessional
revelations occasionally teeters on the verge of self-pity and maudlin
self-indulgence, the jolt of rock steady rhythm that underscores “The Other
End” and “Let Me Let Go of You” tempers the anguish and bolsters Bucaro’s
restless spirit.  An important plateau on
an ongoing upward trajectory, New Orleans never
loses its luster.


“It’s Only You Tonight,” “Matters of the Heart,” “Let Me


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