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CD Feature/ Luka Bloom: "Eleven Songs"

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The easy route is to compare the latest album from Irish busker Bloom to lower-register Jeff Buckley, but what fun would that be, particularly when Bloom is more common-guy and old-school, nowhere near as interested in Zep as Buckley was.

In fact, you probably have at least 3 guys living within your city limits who could keep up with Bloom, who takes aim at "My Sweet Lord" types of unplugged strummy rockouts that have a Doors-ish aftertaste ("Fire", which is okay) and roughly sketched post-grunge ballads ("When Your Love Comes"), but he admittedly does have a sort of James Taylor-reborn steez that's most effective when 70s-rock sax is thrown in the mix ("See You Soon").

Also on board: above-average pub-busking ("Everyman") and a Bright Eyes showstopper ("Don't Be Afraid of the Light That Shines in You").

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Luka Bloom
Homepage: Bar None Records

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