San Francisco native Lucia Comnes is a rising star on the roots music scene with her captivating mix of Americana, folk, Celtic, bluegrass and rock. The enjoyable “Love, Hope & Tyranny” is her fourth studio effort and by all rights should raise her profile pretty dramatically.
“For as long as I remember, I’ve been writing and making music,” Comnes explains. “I’m a student of language and folk music traditions, having spent more than a decade devoted to cross-cultural musical exploration, but this is the first album I’ve put words and music together as a songwriter. This album marks the beginning of a new chapter for me.”
Comnes gets off to a fast start with the opening tandem of “No Hiding Place” and personal favorite “Burning Eden,” and later soars on standouts “There Must Be a Reason,” “If You Knew How Much I Love You,” “How the Moon Made Me,” “The Day Love Dies” and “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone.” This is a showcase for her first-rate songwriting and fiddle playing, and the backing vocals courtesy of The T Sisters don’t hurt, either. Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)