Lucia Seas is typical of the higher end of an amateurism that embodies some of the necessary professional chops while lacking definition and oomph, not to mention a near-complete absence of proper arrangement. Upside Down, for instance, is well-engineered and boasts some really good instrumentation but remains too narrow-banded and formulaic to distinguish itself despite a sincere effort to do so. I probably should've gotten the clue when the disc arrived in a bare-bones, slim-line jewel cased, linerless promo "package". Ah well.
The promo one-sheet makes much of producer Matt Noble, claiming Procol Harum as one of his more resplendent efforts...but the guy was involved in producing their ill-fated comeback CD The Prodigal Stranger, a very mediocre release for this once-extremely-great group, and a disc plagued by the same engineering faults as Seas' effort. The promo "missed" the fact that Noble was only the co-producer for Gary Brooker and company. However, the fault with Seas' slab is far from all Noble's. Lucia's voice is less than inspiring despite lessons from famed vocal coach Katie Argesta (who credits Jon Bon Jovi among her triumphs, soooo……), nor is the potpourri approach all that successful.
In short, Ms. Seas is still too much the amateur to be considered for the big time…or even the medium time.
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