The Waterboys – Good Luck, Seeker (Deluxe) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:23:14 minutes | 982 MB | Genre: Rock
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Good Luck, Seeker is the fourteenth studio album by The Waterboys, which was released by Cooking Vinyl on 21 August 2020.
Capping off an unofficial trilogy of puzzling but frequently rewarding late-period albums, Mike Scott and the Waterboys enter the 2020s with Good Luck, Seeker, a typically eclectic 14-track jumble of wily mysticism, rock & roll romance, oddball tributes, and canned dance beats. Aside from Scott’s latter-day affinity for looped (and regrettably dated) electronic beats, these attributes could be applied to almost any Waterboys album dating back to the “big music” early years, the Celtic folk heyday of the “Raggle Taggle Band” era, or the subsequent decades of deep sonic and personal exploration that mark nearly everything from 1993’s Dream Harder onward. The Scottish songwriter has always been a seeker and in that sense, the band’s 14th album makes perfect sense. Dreamed up, written, and recorded at his home studio and reshaped via shared audio files by his bandmates at their own studios, Good Luck, Seeker holds together better than expected and in its way logically follows 2017’s ambitious Out of All This Blue and 2019’s sprightly Where the Action Is, melding together bits of soul, rock swagger, spoken word, hip-hop rhythms, and dreamy folk into what has more or less become the Waterboys’ signature melting pot.
The funky organic punch of opener “The Soul Singer” butts up against the smooth electronic R&B fairytale of “You’ve Got to Kiss a Frog or Two,” marking the first of many incongruities that, when scaled back, make up the more interesting whole of this particular period in the band’s existence. Fans of Scott’s folk troubadour side will likely be quite taken with his dark-hued take on the Scottish traditional song “Low Down in the Broom,” the only truly acoustic cut in the set. “My Wanderings in the Weary Land” highlights the band at their full rock majesty, while the exultant “Everchanging” adds splashes of joyful color to that same element. A cover of the lovely 1993 Kate Bush-Prince highlight, “Why Should I Love You,” stands in the middle of the set, surrounded on either side by eccentric spoken word pieces highlighting disparate literary heroes such as British occultist Dion Fortune (“Good Luck, Seeker”) and American philosopher William James (“Beauty in Repetition”). While the album’s myriad loops and effects often feel too dated and jarring, so is the concept of reciting passages from arcane authors or devoting three minutes to a well-meant but tacky electro-funk ode to Dennis Hopper. Scott has never pandered to critics or even his own audience, instead building a career that consistently chases joy, enlightenment, truth, and whimsy to whatever ends they might lead, tasteful or not. Good Luck, Seeker is not one of the great Waterboys albums, but it is an adventurous one with enough standouts and strange magic to go around.
1. The Waterboys – The Soul Singer
2. The Waterboys – (You’ve Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two
3. The Waterboys – Low Down In The Broom
4. The Waterboys – Dennis Hopper
5. The Waterboys – Freak Street
6. The Waterboys – Sticky Fingers
7. The Waterboys – Why Should I Love You?
8. The Waterboys – The Golden Work
9. The Waterboys – My Wanderings In The Weary Land
10. The Waterboys – Postcard From The Celtic Dreamtime
11. The Waterboys – Good Luck, Seeker
12. The Waterboys – Beauty In Repetition
13. The Waterboys – Everchanging
14. The Waterboys – The Land Of Sunset
15. The Waterboys – The Soul Singer (inst)
16. The Waterboys – (You’ve Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two (inst)
17. The Waterboys – Low Down In The Broom (gtr/vocal)
18. The Waterboys – Dennis Hopper (Demo)
19. The Waterboys – Why Should I Love You? (inst)
20. The Waterboys – My Wanderings In The Weary Land (vocal)
21. The Waterboys – Postcard From The Celtic Dreamtime (inst)
22. The Waterboys – Beauty In Repetition (inst)
23. The Waterboys – The Soul Singer (demo)
24. The Waterboys – The Land Of Sunset (inst)