Title - 'In Deep'
Artist - Luke Skyscraper James
Luke “Skyscraper” James has been telling stories since he broke his first window! He was born and raised in the projects of Birmingham, England and had wanted to live in the USA since he first saw '77 Sunset Strip' on TV - when he was five-years-old!
He first came to San Francisco in 1979 when his band Fáshiön were touring with The Police. He has subsequently lived in Bordeaux, London, Los Angeles, and Charlottesville, VA. Indeed, Rita Mae Brown (an American writer and feminist best known for her first novel 'Rubyfruit Jungle' - 1973) once gave him money to buy a typewriter!
In 1988 he arrived at SFO with $1,000, a suitcase, a guitar, and a six-month tourist visa. He’s still here!
And that's great news for all us music fans for as someone I also like to call my friend, James has released a new digital album entitled In Deep. Indeed, an immediate download of the stunning 11-track album is readily available in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire!
Just go to: 'In Deep' Digital CD Purchase
The new album starts with 'Age of Miracles, a song that not only gives us an immediate insight into James' vocal highs and lows, but tells a story that we can all relate to: love. The more flowing, musical if you wish, 'Yeah I Wanna' is another ode to love, and one that is a true highlight of this new album.
The '80s-based, free-flowing sounds that bring us 'Magic's Back' are a delight to hear, and go a long way to prove that James has talent to spare. Sure his vocal range is defined, confined even, but he knows that and works brilliantly with what he has. The succulent 'River Of The Night' is either a dark tale or one of true impassioned love. Having listened to it three times now, I'm still not sure if he is a love-sick romantic or simply Dexter in disguise!
The acoustic guitar playing of 'Everywhere With Her' is a delight to listen to. A man truly at one with his guitar, James's approach to music is definitely no frills based. He knows what he wants to play, he knows how he's going to sing the lyrics. He just sits down and gets on with it. And that impression continues onwards with 'Deep Into You,' another song that showcases James' unique songwriting/songster abilities.
An album chock full of love songs from the heart, from the soul of one of Fáshiön's original members, 'About You' is another track that showcases James' ability to try and lyrically connect with the female in his life. A man intent on providing enough mushy songs here to ensure no man comes up musically short when Valentine's Day swings back around, In Deep moves on with the gentle lushness of 'My Love, Her Eyes.'
As we head into the final musical bend, the more upbeat 'Sing You' comes forth. A gentle foot-tapper of a track, its contagious lyrics will have you singing along well before the first chorus. The second-longest track, 'Scared Ground' is most definitely the most somber of the tracks, and leads us into the longest, and final track on the album, the beautifully lush, incredibly tuneful 'Perfect Day.'
FYI -Luke Skyscraper James' autobiography 'Stairway To Nowhere' covers the period 1978-80 when he toured with his band, Fáshiön. In 2009, Luke wrote, recorded, and produced a new Fáshiön album, also called Stairway To Nowhere. Both Stairway to Nowhere and Fáshiön’s 1979 groundbreaking debut album Product Perfect are now available on CD.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk