If it isn't clear from the critical observations sprinkled in the profile, I think Women & Work is the band's best album yet. Having spent the past couple of weeks tracking back through the band's catalogue, Women & Work stands out for how well it captures the live sound of a band that has always excelled on stage and how fully they commit to a soulful, opulent Southern rock style that seemed a risky move a few years ago. With a virtuoso back line of Roy Berry (drums), John C. Stubblefield (bass), and Rick Steff (keys), this band now moves. There are other "Southern rock" bands I admire as much or more for their songs, vocals, or conceptual thrust — the Drive-By Truckers, the emerging Alabama Shakes — but those bands don't own the sound of the genre the way Lucero does right now.
And, happily, good things seem to be happening to such a good record. I'd heard hints in Austin last week that early sales were going really well, and, sure enough, Lucero's having their best debut on their first album after leaving a major label, with Women & Work debuting at #44 on the Billboard 200 album chart, # 8 among independent albums, and #7 on the "Tastemaker Albums" chart.
More on the band at their official site.