Lucky For You is Bully’s most close-to-the-bone album yet. It’s an album
that’s searing and unmistakably marked by its creator’s experiences, while
still retaining the massive sound that Alicia Bognanno has become known for
over the last decade. Her fourth album draws from personal pain and the
universal struggle that is existing, learning, and moving on—and it’s all
soundtracked by Bognanno’s rock-solid melodic sensibilities and a
widescreen sound that’s impossible to pin down when it comes to the
textures explored. These ten songs are simply the most irresistible
Bognanno’s put to tape yet, making Lucky For You her greatest triumph to
date in a career already packed with them.
Work on Lucky For You began last year, when Bognanno brought some
in-progress demos to producer J.T. Daly in his Nashville studio to see if they
could strike creative kismet. “Authenticity is always on my mind, without
even knowing it,” she explains while discussing their recording process
together. “It was great with J.T., because I could tell he was a genuine fan
who wanted to emphasize what’s actually good about my writing instead of
changing it. I could tell how much he cared about the project, and it meant
alot to me.” The album came together over the course of seven months, the
longest gestation process for a Bully record to date, but that time allowed
inspiration to emerge in new ways.
The result is a kaleidoscopic rock record spanning punk’s grit, the crunchy
bliss of shoegaze, explosive Britpop, and the type of classic anthems Bully
has been known for. Lucky For You’s thematic focus zooms in on grief and
loss: The record is largely inspired by Bognanno’s dog and best friend Mezzi
passing away, at a time when her life already felt as if in metamorphosis. The
oceanic first single “Days Move Slow” was written shortly after Mezzi’s
passing, reflecting the persistence of Bognanno’s incisive wit in the face of
adversity. “There was nothing I could do except sit down and write it, and it
felt so good.” And then there’s the passionate opening track “All I Do,” which
kicks in the door with huge ris atop her lyrical reflections on three years of
sobriety. “Once I stopped drinking, I felt like I was still haunted by mistakes
and things that had happened when I was drinking, and it’s still taking me a
long time to forget about that while existing in this house. How do I shed the
skin from a path I’ve moved on from?”
In that vein, Lucky For You is a document of perseverance in the face of the
big and the small stuff. “I’m so overly emotional and sensitive, it’s a blessing
and a curse” she says with a laugh, but there’s no downside to her
expressions of vulnerability on this record; it’s the latest bit of evidence that nothing can hold Bognanno back.
OUT 2 JUNE 2023...
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