Maybe I read more in this album than there is but then again if an album can do that, then it is totally worth it. The point is that the music says Like the First Time (its title) in so many ways when you listen to it. Clarence Bucaro’s voice glides on the waves without an effort but with as much as heart as the lyrics and melodies already give. It takes you on a ride to a few first times, nodding to their rhythm or swaying your head to their ballads, a walk to a past as sepia as the album cover with sounds remiscent of a past you know but with variations that only time and experience can give, along with what memories have the tendency of adapting. So if you recognise a couple of chord sequences, listen on because the feeling of the past is given a new twist down memory lane.
About the Album
Clarence Bucaro’s new album Like the 1st Time finds soulful Brooklyn-based troubadour delivering a vivid set of rootsy, personally-charged new compositions. The artist’s new tunes combine edgy emotional immediacy with the confident craftsmanship of a seasoned songwriter and performer who’s delivered eight albums of potent original songs, while maintaining a tireless touring regimen and winning a passionate grass-roots fan base in the process.
“I called this record Like the 1st Time because it reminds me of my earliest recordings and the feeling of raw inspiration that I had when I was starting out,” Bucaro says of the 11-song set. “I was really happy to realize that feeling was still in me.”
Bucaro’s openhearted mix of creative curiosity and effortless expertise is reflected in such compelling new tunes as “Somewhere in the Middle,” “New Tongue,” “Old Brown Shoes” and “Can’t Rush the Road,” whose sharp lyrical insights are driven home by Bucaro’s distinctively expressive voice and rousing melodic sensibility.
Bucaro co-produced Like the 1st Time with noted studio vet Tom Schick (Wilco, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, She and Him), and a studio band that included Pat Sansone of Wilco and Joe Adamik of Iron and Wine. The set also features a guest appearance by gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama, whose unmistakable vocal presence elevates the soul-searching “Let the Mystery In.”