(18 January 2004) Hungry Lucy began by chance
in 1998 when War-N Harrison (Fishtank No.9) was
asked to contribute to a Depeche Mode Tribute.
War-N asked vocalist/lyricist Christa Belle to record
vocals for the song "Blue Dress." The couple found
they worked together so well that they began writing
together and Hungry Lucy was born.
The first fruit of this labor was "Bound in Blood"
(now considered a Hungry Lucy classic). After writing
and recording a handful of songs, War-N & Christa
decided to put them up on mp3.com and the emails
began to flood in from around the world! Pleasantly
surprised by all the positive feedback, Hungry Lucy
embarked on a full-length album.
Autumn 2000 saw the release of Hungry Lucy's
that received amazing response worldwide. People
responded to the combination of pop song structures,
trip hop grooves and Christa's enchanting vocals and
Hungry Lucy continued exposing themselves very
tastefully with a number of compilation and tribute
This only fed to fire and Apparitions continued to
sell better than ever. Still the fans wanted more. Hungry
Lucy delivered with the debut live performance in San
Francisco, a licensing deal with Belgian label Alfa Matrix
and subsequent European release of Apparitions:
Spring and early summer of 2002 found Hungry Lucy
on stage in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Cleveland
and even out in the Indiana woods! These live
performances gave the public a real audio-visual treat
with Hungry Lucy's music and accompanying video.
Hungry Lucy spent the last part of 2002 recording
their next full length double album entitled Glo
(HLCD002, 2003). The first Disc is an excellent collection
of twelve original tracks that pull out all sorts of brooding
and lovely emotion. The second contains ten remixes
that move in the dance/trance direction. Hungry Lucy
have created a double treat for fans who like both to
dance into the wee hours and to "chillout" into the
Songs like the stunning slow-vibe "Rebirth" will please
fans of ethereal trip-hop acts like Halou and Harland. On
"Rebirth," Hungry Lucy lace their deep and slow groove
lines with electronic sighs and the siren voice of Christa
Belle. The dreamy and mesmerizing "Her Song" is a
sweeping lullaby of a song with soft piano and light
The chilling "Into Pieces" moves
insidiously with a slinky beat while ghostly
soundscapes caress Christa Belle's vocals. "Fearful"
is a pounding industrial/darkwave piece that would make
Collide proud. One of the best tracks, "Storm" is a
killer Portishead-y tune complete with funky bass-line
and finger-snapping beats.
If the first disc of Glo is ambient chill at its
best, the second is a kick-in-the-pants dance set. Take,
for example, the Kew Mix of "In the Circle" which pulses
and throbs with an energy that would make Madonna
proud. The Dreamside Mix of "Could it Be" is all fierce
drum-n-bass and perfectly fitted for the goth/tehcno club
scene. "Her Song" (Synthpop Radio Mix) is an
Erasure-influenced remix that really emphasizes the
upbeat nature of the song.
Glo is a highly listenable and impressive album.
With intriguing instrumentation, loops and drums, and the
seraphic voice of Christa Belle, all things seem right in Hungry
Lucy's world. And the good news is that the band are
working on their next album, To Kill a King, due for
release in summer 2004.
Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the
album from amazon.com
Glo is an excellent followup to Apparitions
that will delight the band's established following and attract
new listeners to their music.--Justin Elswick