The band formerly known as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has a new name, new look, but same incredible sound. They’re still EMMY and GRAMMY winners. They’re still a husband and wife team. However to celebrate their tenth anniversary they’ve paired down their moniker to the sleeker The Lucky Band. They also changed their wardrobe to a modern vintage space age look, more streamlined than my clumsy descriptor. Lucky’s new album, Buenos Diaz, reminds us that with time things always move forward, but what’s important stays the same.
Lucky’s musical recipe starts as its base with his own distinctly soothing vocals. Whether layered with rock, bossa nova, tropicalia, or any other genre, the result is a perfect balance between new and familiar.
Keeping with the theme of balance, this is the first bilingual album where I – who am not fluent in Spanish by any metric – never felt lost. The Spanish and English sections weave together so seamlessly within a song. It feels like living in Los Angeles again. It sounds also like my Spanish speaking roommates from college. The fluidity between the languages almost convinces me that maybe I know more Spanish than I think I do. (I do not.) If I or someone in my family were learning Spanish this is exactly the kind of supplemental resource I would seek in order to help bridge the gap. (So now I wonder, if there’s an Italian-language Lucky for my own education, or a German one for my middle son.)
In the end, this new album, Buenos Diaz, is neither about a tour of musical styles nor a bilingual education. As the title implies, it’s more about every day life. These are the songs a parent would sing to a child (and I’m sure that Lucky and Alisha do just that to their little girl.) Songs of food, of stars, of greeting the day, of love. No matter what language(s) you speak, or how many, that’s something to which we can all relate. Those are the important things that transcend time. As well as costume changes.
Buenos Diaz releases to the public April 5th. Get yours wherever you get great music.