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The Ordeal of Civility
(Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters)
Spanish-language "Dracula"
Rishte
(with Najma Akhtar)
Waxed Oop
(Fast 'N' Bulbous)
Beyond the Pale
(Gary Lucas Vs The Dark Poets)
Coming Clean
(Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters)
Pork Chop Blue Around the Rind
(Fast 'N' Bulbous)
The Universe of Absence (with Jozef Van Wissem)
Operators Are Standing By
Diplopia
(with Jozef Van Wissem)
Songs to No One (with Jeff Buckley)
The Edge of Heaven
No Knowledge of Music Required
Street of Lost Brothers
Level the Playing Field
Improve the Shining Hour
@Paradiso
Busy Being Born
Evangeline
Bad Boys of the Arctic
Gods and Monsters
Skeleton at the Feast
Live Performances
"The Golem"
Work with Captain Beehfheart
 
Coming Clean (Productions Speciales)
Coming Clean (Side Salad)
Coming Clean (Mighty Quinn)
Coming Clean (Dawa Music)
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FOR COMING CLEAN (GARY LUCAS & GODS AND MONSTERS):

"A BAND OF NEW WAVE ALL-STARS IN THE TRADITION OF HIS LEGENDARY GROUP WITH JEFF BUCKLEY...Unlike most axe wizards, the eclectic Lucas doesn't allow his guitar pyrotechnics—which range from Leo Kottke-Jerry Garcia-style bluegrass vamping on songs like "Fata Morgana" and the dobro-esque delta strum in his cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Ain't Got You" to the searing solo in the title track or the spot-on British Invasion psychedelia of "Land's End"—to get in the way of his lush melodies. One of the music world's best-kept secrets. He may have Ivy-league credentials but Gary Lucas isn't afraid to get down and dirty."
HITS, 1/2007

"THIS CD IS A KEEPER. On "Coming Clean" Gary Lucas dives into both the singer and the songwriter role and does a masterful job waving in and out of various genres from the mellow 'Follow' to the heavy reverb rockabilly cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Ain't Got You' to the full on blues of 'Under My Wing'. Phish fans should dig 'Hurly Burly' while the vocals of Richard Barone give 'Land's End' a major hook which should grab on first listen. Another notable track is 'One Man's Meat', which features New York Dolls vocalist David Johansen and has a saxophone freakout that would win solid marks from John Zorn."
EAST COAST ROMPER BLOG, 2/2007

"GARY LUCAS & GODS AND MONSTERS OFFERS ROOTSY, HARD-GROOVIN' ROCK GOOSED BY THE LEADER'S ECLECTIC GUITAR VIRTUOSITY. THE BAND'S LATEST, 'COMING CLEAN' (MIGHTY QUINN) FEATURES THE USUAL ART-ROCK ALL-STARS—MODERN LOVERS BASSIST ERNIE BROOKS, SWANS DRUMMER JONATHAN KANE, AND TELEVISION'S BILLY FICCA—PLUS PLENTY OF LUCAS'S SMOKY CROONING AND FIERY STRUMS."
TIME OUT NEW YORK, 1/2007

"GARY LUCAS IS ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST ORIGINAL GUITARISTS IN AMERICA—A MASTER SYNTHESIST OF DEEP BLUES, AVANT-ROCK AND MADRIGAL-LIKE FOLK WHO WAS A VITAL MEMBER OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'S LATE-PERIOD MAGIC BAND AND AN EARLY MUSICAL PARTNER OF THE LATE JEFF BUCKLEY. LUCAS IS ALSO A SONGWRITER OF ESTABLISHED INVENTION—HE CO-WROTE BUCKLEY'S SIGNATURE SONGS 'GRACE' AND 'MOJO PIN'—AND HIS LATEST ALBUM 'COMING CLEAN' MADE WITH HIS BAND GODS AND MONSTERS IS AN ACTION-PACKED INTEGRATION OF HIS GIFTS. HE PLAYS ASTOUNDING GUITAR THROUGHOUT, BUT ALWAYS FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG."
ROLLING STONE, 11/16/2006

"4 STARS—LUCAS' SONGS CARRY HIS CHARACTERISTIC WARMTH AND WIT...AND THE BAND—WHICH FEATURES BILLY FICCA FROM TELEVISION ON DRUMS, EX-MODERN LOVER ERNIE BROOKS' BASS, AND ONE-TIME TALKING HEAD JERRY HARRISON ON PRODUCTION DUTIES—ARE A FORMIDABLE UNIT. HIS GUITAR PLAYING IS SUPERB THROUGHOUT—WHEN HE LETS FLY IT'S BREATHTAKING."
MOJO (UK), 10/2006

"4 STARS—HIS PLAYING CAN BARELY BE CONTAINED, SPEEDING AND BURNING WITH INTENSITY AT ALL TIMES."
UNCUT (UK), 12/2006

"4 STARS—RISK-TAKING HAS LONG BEEN A FULL TIME JOB FOR GARY LUCAS. GODS AND MONSTERS ARE A SUPERGROUP FROM THE NEW YORK UNDERGROUND IN MUCH MORE THAN NAME. 'COMING CLEAN' TREATS ALL WHO VENTURE ITS WAY TO AN UNSETTLING RIDE THROUGH A LANDSCAPE OF EXPRESSIONISTIC BLUES CREATIONS, ART-ROCK, AND BURSTS OF RAMPANT PSYCHEDELIA. REVELATORY IS THE WORD."
RECORD COLLECTOR (UK), 12/2006

"Lucas' compositions are crazy and Zappa-esque and will especially excite guitar fans with a sound spectrum ranging from raw acoustic playing to Cinemascope."
Music: 7
Sounds: 7
STEREOPLAY (Germany), 2/2008

Psychedelic Singer/Songwriter-Artrock
Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters
Coming Clean
"Eclectic psychedelic art rock with singer/songwriter moments is what to expect with Innovator Gary Lucas (very multi-faceted as a guitarist and much in demand as a special guest!) No wonder, with associates from the ranks of Television, the Modern Lovers and the Swans, not to mention Jerry Harrison as producer. "
GUITAR (Germany), 2/2008

"With songs like 'One Man's Meat,' we think that any candidate for suicide could be dissuaded from killing himself. And all nostalgics dissuaded from their lamenting."
5 out of 5
WOM MAGAZIN (Germany), 2/2008

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