Clarence Bucaro – Walls of the World

January 01, 1970

(Twenty Twenty Records)


A gifted singer and a knowing songwriter – skills which are
obviously enhanced by his pin-up appeal – Clarence Bucaro has been quietly
making a name for himself since his first album appeared nearly a decade ago.
Like John Mayer, an artist with whom he rates favorable comparison, he’s not
content to simply toss off savvy love songs and trade on his radio-ready pop,
although he could hardly be blamed if that’s the path he pursued. Instead he
offers up deft instrumental flourishes that offer a knowing nod to a musician’s
sensibility and a genuine sense that he hopes to be taken seriously.


On the other hand, there’s no denying the fact that Walls of the World benefits from an
amiable approach not unlike that of Sting, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Glen
Frey and other sweetly seductive pop perfectionist circa the mid to late ‘70s.
Bucaro breaches no new boundaries here, but songs such as “Two Men Down,”
“Malibu” and “It’s Only Love” (not the Beatles tune, FYI) are so undeniably
pleasant and engaging that it’s hard to fault their sugary sentiments, even
though admittedly they adhere to a familiar formula. And given the pure melodic
appeal of offerings like “Bright Lights of Home” and “Are We Gonna Make It
Through the Night?,” the favorable impression is reinforced all that much more.
Only the tile track leaves a chill, but by then, Bucaro’s already worked his
charms. A winning effort proves rewarding as well.


Lights of Home,” “Malibu,” “Are We Gonna Make It Through the Night?” LEE

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