Canadian artist Lucette has surrounded herself with some of the most talented names in modern Americana and country music – working with Dave Cobb on her 2014 debut and grabbing Sturgill Simpson to producer her latest record – but to call her music Americana or country would be a gross misstatement. Yes, there are hints of both here and there spread across Deluxe Hotel Room, but there’s also more liberal amounts of Soul, R&B and Indie Pop covering all nine songs.
The one constant on each and every track is Lucette’s hauntingly beautiful, often melancholy vocals that evoke memories of fellow Canadian artist, the late Leonard Cohen. Few others can emote so much with seemingly stark lyrics and often stripped down music, like the title track and the closing song, “Lover Don’t Give Up on Me”. Elsewhere, on songs like “Angel” and “Fly to Heaven,” she goes full R&B complete with sax, and while not exactly jubilant, she comes off sounding impressive, nonetheless.
Given how compelling Lucette is not only as a singer, but a songwriter as well, it’s pretty obvious why both Cobb and Simpson wanted to work with her.