I was going to make a joke about this being Lucifer’s second album and it weirdly being titled “III”, but the joke just never really came together.  I’m not sure why I’m even bringing up a failed joke idea.  Maybe to justify the minutes I put into pondering how to start this review with something funny.

Anyhoo, Lucifer is out with album number three and their second since Lucifer has basically become the songwriting partnership of vocalist Johanna Sardonis and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Nicke Andersson, who have now solidified their musical bond into the sacred bond of matrimony.  Hopefully this doesn’t end up in some weird Fleetwood Mac dysfunction.  I wish these crazy kids the best of luck.

On to the album.  I hate to say it, but I just get a feeling of meh about his one.  They’ve definitely fallen into a rather comfortable embrace of all things retro occult rock on here.  It’s not a bad record by any means, but it just sort of sits there.  There are some lovely catchy choruses throughout, but the meat of the album is just missing some extra seasoning that could have made it stand out a little more.  The song structures are very poppy overall and it is kind of missing some of that evil sheen that was found on their previous two albums.  I hate to be a nitpicker, but I feel like I have a bit of a nit to pick.  Sardonis has a lovely voice and her voice and image are a key facet to this group.  However, I just feel like there is a bit a dynamic that is missing to her vocal delivery.  Her voice technically nice and strong, but it feels like there is a lack of feeling and emotion in her delivery.  It’s as if she has slotted into this one range and it is the same delivery on every song that she sings on.  This has kind of bothered me on all of her albums going back to the pre-Lucifer entity, The Oath.  I hate to be an ass about it, but it really feels like this issue is holding the band back a bit.  I kind of wish she would really cut loose and add a touch of manic or sinister edge to her delivery.  I think it is what this material really needs to push it to the next level.  Just a little constructive criticism from a dude who couldn’t carry a tune if his life depended on it.

3 flip flops out of 5

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