FOR LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD:
"A CRAFTY COMPOSER, DELICIOUSLY TWISTED, CAPABLE OF COOKING TOGETHER BLUES, HIP HOP, FOLK, ROCKABILLY AND PSYCHEDELIC GARAGE MUSIC INTO AN EXTREMELY CAPTIVATING STEW."
|IMPROJAZZ (France), 02/01|
"MR. GARY LUCAS IS THE KING, THE EMPEROR OF COLLABORATION...the perfect dandy. Technically and musically, this animal has nothing to fear and no lessons to learn from anyone, and for a long time."
"GARY LUCAS HAS AN AMAZING GUITAR ABILITY, NOT EASY TO CATEGORIZE...he has a joy of guitar impressionism, and floats on waters of a diverse effluvium. Astonishingly, Lucas in solo turns out great subtle inventions."
"ONE OF THE KINGS OF GUITAR."
|COLS BLEUS (France), 10/00|
"5 STARS...IT'S A SCANDAL THAT HE'S NOT MORE RECOGNIZED. Here's a dude who seems to have been born with guitar strings instead of fingers, at ease in every style of music."
"GARY LUCAS IS AN ATYPICAL ARTIST, STRONGLY UNCLASSIFIABLE...AN ASTONISHING DISC AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
|STATION SERVICE STRASBOURG, 11/00|
"AN EXCELLENT RECORD THAT RETRACES THE EPOCH WHERE THE GUITAR IS OUT FRONT. A GUITARIST UNCONTROLLABLE, GIFTED, WITH MUCH ENVY FROM OTHER GUITARISTS."
"NOTHING RESISTS THE AGILE FINGERS OF THIS MUSICAL BULIMIC. GARY LUCAS COMES BEFORE ALL OTHER GUITARISTS, RIDING THE GENRES WITH A DEXTERITY THAT LEAVES ONE SPEECHLESS."
"A POSTMODERN JIMMY PAGE, AN ARTIST WHO ASSOCIATES THE CLASSIC SOUND OF BLUES, FOLK AND COUNTRY WITH THE MADNESS OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK AND THE FREEDOM OF FREE JAZZ. A GENIAL SORCEROR'S APPRENTICE OF SOUND AND A SONGWRITER OF TALENT."
|BLUES AND CO. (France), 12/00|
"MAGISTERIAL...he can be considered as the (spiritual) son among the
'Beefheart family'. Gary Lucas has kept himself particularly busy lately, publishing album
after album. We are not going to complain about this here—this guitar player has remained unknown to the public for too long."
|ROCK AND FOLK (France), 11/00|
"ALL GOOD FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT—IF YOU'RE THE ADDAMS FAMILY PERHAPS—AND A CONSTANT SOURCE OF AMAZEMENT AND AMUSEMENT—the unifying factor is Lucas' mix of amphetamine ragtime playing and musique-concrete concept."
"EVERYTHING YOU WISH JOHN FAHEY WOULD GET ROUND TO DOING WITH 6 QUIETLY
BUZZING ELECTRIC STRINGS."
THE VETERAN GUITARIST'S NEW RETROSPECTIVE MAKES THE CASE FOR HIM AS A
NIMBLE AND VERSATILE ROCK ACCOMPANIST."
"4 STARS...HIS BEEFHEART PEDIGREE IS REFLECTED IN HIS PLAYING, A
COMBINATION OF FURY AND FINESSE, A CHAINSAW USED TO MAKE ICE
SCULPTURES...an audacious segue of Miles Davis and Suicide, as well as
more glittering ambient excursions like 'Dream of a Russian
Princess'...'Poison Tree', a typical piece of fragile dementia."