A fastidious perfectionist in the studio, it took Tom Vek six years to follow his 2005 debut, ‘We Have Sound’, with 2011’s ‘Leisure Seizure’. Yet, in almost half that time, a third album has appeared.
Largely retaining the post-punk-saturated sound that dominated his debut, ‘Luck’ finds Vek placing his own voice at the fore. Yet, with some rather weak vocals, it’s actually this that dooms ‘Luck’ from the outset.
‘How Am I Meant To Know’ is a decent opener but Vek can’t really imbue enough variation in tone or meaning to hold your interest. ‘Ton Of Bricks’ falls flat, while ‘You’ll Stay’ doesn’t explore the pop realms it hints at.
Although the material demonstrates Vek’s undoubted talent, ‘Luck’ can’t quite match our hopes – or, indeed, the quality of its predecessors.
Words: Robin Murray
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