Cristopher Lucas | Cruxlife vol.1

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Cruxlife vol.1

by Cristopher Lucas

Independently unique and lyrically conscious, smackin' beats with tight production, eclectic, energetic, intuitive. Been there done that and now we're bringin' it to you. HEADS UP Y'ALL..
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. I.O.U.
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2. 5th Grade Lover
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3. Dim Light Parade
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4. The Cost
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5. Hitch
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6. The Mudder
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8. Lazy Generation
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sounds like? Man...Hate that one.
Listen for your self.
Try this.

Kinda like if Jack Johnson had done a lot less surfing, lived half his life in New York City, half on a cattle ranch in North Idaho and Preferred a chairlift to paddling out.
Eclectic Soul Music. Lyric and groove driven acoustic pop.
Holla at your haystack boiiii!!

CRUXLIFE=cristopher lucas

From the time I was born in New York City I've been on the move, spending time in NYC, upstate, Jamaica, Idaho, Spokane, more NYC, south Florida, southern Connecticuit, touring slowly across the northern U.S.A, down to California, stints in L.A. and San Diego, across the south and back to Queens, Brooklyn and back to Idaho. Dizzy yet? Huh. I've seen 27 countries playing in most of them. I've been planting seeds. Little friendly sleeper cells. I've been soaking up human nature. Experiences have translated directly into my songs. I don't sit down with my instrument to write hits. The songs grab me, sit me down, stand me up, shake my ass or make me cry and if I'm lucky one might be a hit. Either way they all hit me.
I grew up listening to James Taylor, The Beatles and The Wings, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Al Jarraeu, Bobby Mcferrin, My Dad and Mom, then moved on to Hall and Oats, More Stevie, Beat Street, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson then Jeff Buckley, Seal, Alanis, Tracy Chapman, Radiohead, Jellyfish, Tribe Called Quest, TLC, Babyface, STP, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell and on and on. I put it all in my head and heart and my soul, lived life and all the while spit out my own little concoctions. I have a wonderful support system of friends and fans that are always helping to keep me up. Until now I've been under promoted and over extended but now it's time to reach and expand to you, if you like.

Listen. No, really listen. This music is real. Evolved feelings spinning into song.
Life being lived again. Hurt being felt and dealt with.
Planting seeds, bearing fruit, struttin' down the street in a dope zoot suit.
Innocence, glitter and rainbows, Drugs and gutter shows.
The pouring rain allows you to make castles out of mud.
What's right, who's wrong, all put to a certain soundscape.
Vocal clarity, harmonies, smackin' snare drums and thumpin' basses to shake your windows and contort your faces. Can you tell that this ain't ordinary?
Sick of the processed sounds of the music shoved down our throats on commercial radio these days? Cookie cutters beat up and left dead in the gutter with the rats that have no talent for giving direction.
"Hey, just put the vocal through the auto tune machine and cut the bridge in half." My A$$.
This is real. The truth is that I, Cristopher Lucas, could quit today and/or die and Cruxlife vol.1 would always represent what is 100% me. I would die happy too. Is that selfish? Yes it is, but is anyone else Cristopher Lucas? Nope.
I've always wanted to create, in full, pieces of art. All of the songs, sounds, recording, packaging and merchandise I have created for both you and me.
This usually peaceful and smiling young-ish man really hopes that you all love this record and listen to the many subtle parts that equal one larger movement. I believe there is a lyrical message to all of these songs that is worthy of a little deeper thought. The world is a vast and scary environment; trails in early life can kill you or make you the strongest person who ever even dreamed to live. Cruxlife travels through a life from almost vengeful re-birth to a peaceful rise to what's next. It's my most complete work to date and I hope it's dateless. If it so happens that you think that this is all a bunch of junk then go join the Dim Light Parade. I'm through with you. til next time at least.

love-

Crux
noun ( the crux)
the decisive or most important point at issue : the crux of the matter is that attitudes have changed.
literally cross
crux
noun
heart, essence, central point, main point, core, center, nucleus, kernel; bottom line.

Life
noun
vitality


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Daniel Steer

Here is a CD that is both great and interesting
I have a huge collection of music. Some of it is good or great. Some of it is interesting/creative. The best of my collection is both. An interesting CD tend to take a while to warm up to and then I can't stop listening to it if it's good (i.e. OK Computer, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Illinois, etc) Coldplay's X&Y is an example of a good release that was not the least bit interesting to me, so after two plays, I was done with it. I'll hear a new Coldplay song on the radio and think, "What a good song, why don't I listen to that CD more?" -but I never do. I also have some interesting music that I keep trying to get into and it never happens for me like The Mars Volta. It feels like they threw a bunch of creative spagetti on the wall and only a little bit actually stuck. On rare occasion I hear a CD that grabs me immediately and I keep going back to it because it's interesting in addition to being really good. Christopher Lucas' Cruxlife is one of those CDs. It's full of well written songs and stylistic surprises that keep me playing it over and over. Check this one out!

humantech

Loved it. Hated it. Realized its the best thing he's ever done!
I've listened to Cris for quite some time and followed with great interest his music for many years now- I've seen him play live and sat and shot the breeze with him. I've come to the conclusion that he's the real thing. He's just been on a journey of discovering his identity for a while. I think with Cruxlife, he's found it. Heres why I feel that way- The first listen through , I heard some reworks of his older material ( which, BTW I LOVE) - but then, I heard several new tracks that I liked. And one or two I didnt. Until I listened to it several times. Then, I found that the heart and Soul he'd had on his previous tracks wasnt all there was too him. He opened up several new sides of himself and wasnt afraid to show it to the world. The song I liked least on the album is now my favorite. The reason I didnt like it was that it wasnt familiar. It wasnt vintage Cris. Which means, he's ready to let it all hang out ( and has on this album) - All Genres. All Real. All Heart. Brave work Cris. Well Met. And to those who want a description they can sink their teeth into ?
How about " Music to live your life to"

Jessica Ann Rose-Elizabeth

Intoxicatingly Amazing
Not really much to say the music pretty much says it all, it's very pure, full, and upbeat music, great to listen to anytime. Kudos! passionatlypink@hotmail.com

Dan May

A tour de force
Cruxlife vol. 1 shows that Cristopher Lucas is most certainly a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with. This CD successfully combines elements of pop, funk, rap, soul and alternative rock, and while each song is unique and having it's own personality, there is an underlying thread that connects them all together into one cohesive unit. Lucas has a versatility that is unmatched, and a creativity that allows him to concoct songs that are lyrically clever and musically engaging. This is music for an intelligent audience that grows on the listener with each hearing. Plenty of layers to peel back and enjoy. This is good stuff and worthy of multiple listenings. A songwriter who isn't afraid to take chances is rare these days, and a CD of this caliber is equally rare.

Tom L.

Absolutely Incredible - a MUST own album.
This album, without a doubt, is a masterpiece. I find myself constantly humming one of the great songs in my head whenever I'm up on the mountain or working hard in my office. I've also introduced Cruxlife vol. 1 to a number of friends of mine - all have unanimously agreed that the album is a must-own. If you haven't already gotten your hands on Cruxlife vol. 1, do so! I know you'll agree with me when I say that it will forever find a place in your CD player.

Mike Hines

Great Mix, Highly recommend
Cris has evolved with the times and has put out a mix that is cutting edge. Cruxlife is more than your typical mix, it's a journey that will appeal to your highs and lows, make you laugh, cry, and get off your chair and dance..!

Delphine

gifted. honest. resonant. serene. inspiring. pithy. poignant. fearless. undaunti
Take two: my first review got lost in cyberspace a month and a half ago. Perhaps this is a better seasoned review any-hoo, having had more time to ruminate. Cruxlife has blessed my palate, and came to me at a very difficult time in life. Struggling to trudge forward, Cruxlife offered me a bundle of wisdom and truth that has made my burdens lighter, and the journey more bearable. The album has served as a guidelight at times. Amazing, isn't it, how truth is like a tuning fork that resonates everything in proximity to it. You don't even have to study or research for verification. Your gut just warms and begins to vibrate at the same pitch and frequency, and you just know you are holding onto authentic truth. Hence the terms gut-rot take, and gut-instinct. It's like Cris says on his website, sex without emotion is just porn :) hmm...okay I twisted that one a bit. Really he said music without emotion is just bad...but this is the same rule in action. Musicians without emotion are just whores making the same motions as the truly gifted. Cruxlife sounds good, yes, but it's full of the real things that bring meaning to the human existance. My tuning fork hums perfect pitch whenever I listen to Cruxlife. I rate 4 stars because I have a sense that Cris has just established base camp at the bottom of a really big deal (simile stolen from ani d) and is about to mount that wave and ride it high and long. So I can't throw out the full 5 when I can feel more, bigger and better on the way. Compared to other music and measured by my standards, it is an album worthy of 5 stars...but look out, get ready, mark my words...the best is yet to come.

1/2 a $20

True & Telling
This will not sound intelligent. This will not be profound. This will not fully portray how this music makes me feel.
This music makes me want to dance. This music puts me in a trance. This music makes me happy. It makes me think of taffy. This music makes me want to sing. Cristopher Lucas is a king! You may think it is different. I tell you it is excellent and truly eloquent. This music is real and sure to appeal. This music is ultimately climactic. Some would say it is galactic. It is ingenious. And…oh so…sensuous. Uncensored and resilient, but mostly just brilliant. No illusions or seclusions. Authentic, genuine and true. This music may sound new; it is sure to never over do. This music is contagious. This poem may seem outrageous.

This music steps over the arbitrary boundaries we are all afraid to cross.
Like it or not…This music is what I love.

freshy Jonskins

Than
I used to be his drummer for a few gigs in Atlantic City. We were a good team but 'We'll never know" It is really frustrating getting a cd from Cris because there are always so many songs of his that I wish would make the cut. He once told me "that song goes on and on and on" now, with this release it truely can..play repeat..play repeat. So there-