Genres: pop-punk, alternative rock
Jan 20 - 26 2003
winning the "Best Alternative Band of 1999" contest on
MP3.com, Lucky 7 quickly gained the attention of Omega Records,
who released their debut Miss Fortune album. From there, they got a
spot on the 2002 Warped Tour and then released this, their self-titled
sophomore effort. Pretty good for a group of San Diego pop-punkers who
started from nowhere.
Their sound is very familiar - catchy melodies, standard pop hooks,
and those run-of-the-mill pop-punk vocals. It's clear that they aren't
trying to change the genre. But to fans of that style of music, this
shouldn't be a problem. In fact, pop-punkers and "alternative
rock" fans will likely love their sound, relishing the simple
riffs and sing-a-long choruses about girls and love.
A good example of Lucky 7's style is "California
Girl." With those familiar power-guitar riffs and
emotional-yet-still-"cool" vocals, it's a simple song that
will appeal to audiences who just want something simple to sing along
and jump around to. Lyrics like "When I can't be there by your
side/Minutes last forever/Why sit alone?/When we can be together"
make their point simply but stay shallow enough for anyone to pick up
on. The rest of the songs share this theme, using similar
instrumentation and "I love you"/"I wish I could have
Altogether, Lucky 7's album will likely appall those in
search of a fresh, creative musical experience. However, pop-punk fans
looking for something familiarly enjoyable to listen to will be
hard-pressed to find anything to complain about.
Fun Fact: Despite their newfound success, Lucky
7 haven't forgotten where they came from. Their mp3.com page is
still up here
with two songs from their new album. Upon last check, their
tunes had been played over 1.7 million times!
15 songs, distributed by Amazon, released 2002]