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Title - 'Love, Hope & Tyranny'
Artist - Lucia Comnes

First off, I have to say that I have a very photographic eye, as they say, so I love (and fully appreciate) this album cover artwork. Love it! Moving on, and the music packed inside is just as good, if not better, than my love for that image, for Lucia Comnes has brought forth a very singular, well orchestrated 13-track collection for our listening pleasure.

For those uninitiated amongst you, Comnes is a singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist whose atmospheric roots music crosses genres of Americana, Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, Rock and Alternative. Born in San Francisco, she is known internationally for her contemporary interpretations of Irish, Balkan and American folk music and for her original songs, which reflect her many influences.

Here on Comnes' debut album as a songwriter, Love, Hope & Tyranny, she has brought her love, her passion for songwriting refinement, evolution to the fore. An ongoing process, as we all know, the album shows us Comnes most likely lyrically grew herself during the writing process. The song are her own stories combined with her powerful, vivid imagination for color and backdrop.

1. No Hiding Place
2. Burning Eden
3. Lie With You Tonight
4. Through The Dark
5. Give In To Grace
6. There Must Be A Reason
7. If You Knew How Much I Love You
8. How The Moon Made Me
9. End Of The Line
10. The Day Love Dies
11. Look Again
12. Because They Never Do
13. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone

Indeed, Love, Hope & Tyranny may well be her debut album as a songwriter, but the highly impressive list of contributors is immense in its own right. Inclusive of background vocals from the delightful T Sisters, and recorded in California at Berkeley's historic Fantasy Studios, the album was produced by Jeffrey Wood (Luka Bloom, Penelope Houston) and Gawain Mathews. FYI: The track 'No Hiding Place' was recognized with two (2) notable awards by the Dallas Songwriters Association in Texas.

Lucia & Her Rockin Irish Band - Promo Reel!