The wait is finally over. Two-times Grammy nominee Luciano is releasing his latest album
– and it’s set to be a masterclass in Roots-derived music.
The Answer, released via Oneness Records, sees this legendary artist at the peak of his
powers. Across 11 tracks, with production from Oneness’s Moritz v. Korff and Benjamin
Zecher, and mixing/mastering by Umberto Echo, Luciano breathes new life into the Roots
The world has already had a taste of what to expect from The Answer. From the Roots/Dub/Soul
hybrid title track, then The Victory featuring Iba Mahr (and some deliciously funky guitars), to the
brooding and cautious Runkus collaboration Use Jah Words via the powerfully orchestrated duet
with Jesse Royal, The Music – the four singles have garnered a great deal of attention and critical
acclaim. Now, the full album looks set to be no different.
On top of the four tracks already released, The Answer takes a further deep dive into musically
intricate and passionate Roots-led compositions.
Vocally Luciano is at the top of his game. Effortlessly covering a fulsome range, from upper
baritone to smooth falsetto via rich tenor, he moulds his style to fit each track. Luciano’s lost none
of the power in his voice, giving performances full of light and shade, versatile intonation and clever
use of dynamics. And his natural interplay with both the featured artists and his musical team
across all the tracks is the height of intuitive artistry. The album also contains a wealth of dignified
yet searing messages - discussing faith, the system, racism, emancipation, personal and spiritual
growth, the need for humanity and unity, and society’s challenges more broadly.
The Answer will perhaps prove to be Luciano’s seminal work. Musically brilliant, lyrically potent
and pertinent, and with performances from the artist as good as they’ve ever been, the album looks
set to delight Luciano’s existing fans, and endear him to a whole generation of new ones, too. The
Answer is one of the must-experience projects of 2020.