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For those looking to hear what Rock 'n' Roll stripped down to its proverbial birthday suit sounds like.

For those unfamiliar, Luke Gasser is the quintessential journeyman artist with a history that reads much like a short story. In addition to his contributions to the musical world, he has also pursued a multitude of other creative disciplines including sculpting, painting and filmmaking... he has even dabbled in politics!

Since 1996, he has released albums with frequent consistency of which 'Flicker' represents his eleventh recording. The album delivers a dose of no frills Rock 'n' Roll with a very DIY vibe. Not only is it raw and unpretentious, it is those very qualities that make 'Flicker' so absolutely charming.

The Punky, Bluesy and harmonica drenched opening track, 'Not A Long Way Down' pays immense homage to Michael Monroe and Hanoi Rocks. 'Fire On My Mind' is an impassioned duet with the legendary Doro Pesch and really adds to the albums overall sincerity and depth. The main final track, 'Elijah's Song' is a mellow, acoustic, and intensely spiritual offering that is performed with a gruff sensitivity, illustrating that his passion as a musician is as deep as his pursuits in other artistic avenues.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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This album certainly doesn't fit the mold of modern-day Melodic Rock per se; 'Flicker' instead features an organic, stripped-down production that suits the music perfectly without ever sacrificing sonic clarity. Gasser's vocals are rough, unrefined and slightly hoarse, somewhat reminiscent of the legendary Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead). In addition to fans of the aforementioned HR, those who are familiar with newcomers Razzmatazz (and their album 'Rock 'N' Roll Hero') are absolutely required to purchase a copy. The album is charming, gritty and straightforward with no delusions of grandeur.

Although 'Flicker' stands to resonate more with fans of Indie/Alternative Rock than those of the modern-day Melodic Rock genre, there is many a reader of Fireworks & Rocktopia that will find much to like and appreciate in its simplicity. For those looking to hear what Rock 'n' Roll stripped down to its proverbial birthday suit sounds like, then look no further than 'Flicker'.

Brent Rusche

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