Jack L: Broken Songs

Theres irony aplenty in this albums title. The first studio output in five years from Athys favourite musical son proves that Jack Ls time away from songwriting has served him well: always a consummate live performer, these so-called Broken Songs make up his strongest studio collection yet.

Nobody ever denied the quality of Jacks delivery. From the very early days, when Jack the lad was merely an interpreter of the work of Brel, Cohen, Walker and Waits, even the deaf could feel Lukemans vocal power: normally at a gig, its the bass rumble that sets your trousers a billowing, but in the days of the Black Romantics, it was more likely to be Lukemans oral assault.

If anything, his voice is an even more incredible phenomenon now, a fuller, more rounded instrument thats equally at home with the breathy whisper as the full-blown bellow (often in the same song Ive Been Raining), as capable of a tender caress and a cuddle on the couch as a night of seedy, sweaty copulation. The arrangements too seem more mature: the musical backdrop, while never short of interesting, is unfussy enough to let Jacks voice soar and swoop, flow and eddy, just like it was born to.

Chocolate Eyes is one of the finest songs Lukeman has ever written, a soulful, seductive lullaby with a melody so hummable that it has radio hit written all over it. Elsewhere, Authentic Fake, with a guitar line reminiscent of Crowded Houses Weather With You, and the emotive Open Your Borders prove that theres no shortage of potential singles, while the tribal Wicked Ways raucous roar-along should make it a favourite at Jacks incendiary live shows. Theres a timeless quality to songs like Sweet Low Down and Apes And Angels that should both seduce new listeners and appease diehard fans. Even the language he uses in his lyrics speaks of emotions as ancient as time itself: If love is just for poets, then forever well speak in rhyme (Broken Songs).

Jack L has always been a unique talent. With Broken Songs, he has the material to show off his remarkable vocal prowess to the full. A warm, intimate and well-rounded record, these songs are anything but broken and are more than capable of making him the international star he deserves to be.

9/10

John Walshe - Hotpress Magazine
April 2006

New Live DVD ""Momento"" out now.

Chocolate Eyes (radio edit)
Taken from "Broken Songs"



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So Far Gone
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* Your song 'Chocolate Eyes (radio edit)' has just been added to aphrodisIAC station!
KIT & CO Hi Jack, you probably gave up on IAC a while back and I just found you by accident today and enjoyed both of your songs - what a shame everyone else missed then last year !
* Your song 'Chocolate Eyes (radio edit)' has just been added to Radio Edited station!
karl cosgrave Jack rocks Drogheda gig was a smash fan for life wife was a rockabilly wants to know if Jack has some influence there
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BREAKING NEWS:
Jack will appear on 'Seoige & O' Shea' at 4.30- 5.00 pm this coming Friday (27th Oct) on RTE 1..

Jack will also appear on TTV at 6.30pm on RTE 2..

BREAKING NEWS:

Wanna hear Chocolate Eyes, Crazy or your favourite Jack L song on the radio? Why not send a request to one of the numbers below & dedicate the song you want to hear entirely to you!!

2FM - 0854100102 ****** TodayFM - 0877720000
Beat FM - 0863880102 ****** Cork FM - 0857379696
LMFM - 0851719595 ****** Tipp FM: - 0872479163
Galway Bay FM - 086 3080900

""MOMENTO"" - New Jack L Live DVD - Release Date: Oct 6th
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Exclusively available at Tesco for 1 month!!
(Available at all other traditional retail outlets from November)

News!!

Maverick Jack has done it again with an Industry first!!!

First off Jack was able to give you the exact show he'd just performed on a live CD- directly after the show - effectively producing a new album every night!!!!

Now, for the first time ever for any artist in the UK or Ireland - Jack has signed an Exclusive 1 month release deal with Tesco Ireland.

This ground breaking deal between Tesco and an Independent artist as Jack is - could well prove to be the catalyst that will redefine the way we view supermarkets as a entertainment retail destination.

Tesco Ireland have shown tremendous support to both Jack L and the Irish music industry.

News!!
Jack features in a new book released this month called 'The Singer & the Song' by Audrey Healy.
Its a wonderful collection of various artists and their stories on songs which means a lot to them -
To read what Jack said about 'Rooftop Lullaby' - Please click here

Rooftop Lullaby is also available to listen to at www.myspace.com/jacklukeman

News (26/09/2006))

Street Team

Would you like to be the first to know of gigs in your area - or know of secret gigs that we are unable to advertise?
Would you like to get involved in and work on the promotion of gigs in your local area -
If the answer is yes to any of these - please submit your name to info@jacklukeman.com and as the subject - please put in 'Street Team'

Greetings Sun Gods & Goddesses.. check out the latest Jack's Diary entry with news of the forthcoming Live DVD..

New Live dates for August and September Added.. review of recent show in Galway by The Examiner in reviews page..

News (11/08/2006)

Jack will be performing live on the Tony Fenton show on TodayFM next Monday (14th of august) so tune in before 11.30am!!...

News (23/07/2006)
The pop the question emails have been received and compiled - and they will be answered in detail very soon... stay tuned!..

Jack is in the final stages of working DVD that was recorded at Dublin's Olympia Theatre in April of this year. The final touches are being put on some extra special features and bonus footage - more on this before its release date...

In the meantime, catch Jack at the Galway Arts festival tonight (July 23rd)...

Those of you out there who may have taken footage from your mobile phone at any of Jacks gigs are invited to post your work of art at www.youtube.com - and the one with the best footage will get a special mention on right here...

News (14/06/2006)
The beautifully talented Kat Flint will be playing support to Jack at the Jazz Cafe, London on 19th.
Award winning Kat, who grew up in Scotland - is undoubtedly destined to be a huge star.

If your in any doubt - please visit www.myspace.com/katflint - and discover how gifted this young lady is.
Watch this space...

News (06/06/2006)

For a limited time only, hear Jack's inspired version of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy only at MySpace...and why not blog your own 'Crazy thoughts in the Guestblog..

Jack will be making a special appearance on Brain Kennedy's Show ""One To Remember"" - Stay tuned for more information!

News (31/05/2006)

New Live Dates for Vicar Street this October...get booking!!

Check out the Secret Chord page for words & music to Jack's new single 'Open Your Borders'

News (18/05/2006) - Jack takes on the UK

To purchase tickets for Jack's exclusive show in London on June 19th next, click here ..Live Listings Online Magazine had this to say..

Jack will also play 2 shows in Scotland, Edinburgh's 'Cabaret Voltaire' on June 20th and Glasgow's 'Nice n Sleazy' on June 22..bookings for these two shows at www.ticketweb.co.uk or here or tel:+44 (0)870 903 3444 ..

News (17/05/2006)
The beautifully talented Emm Gryner will be supporting Jack this week-end.
The Canadian star has just signed a record deal here in Ireland - so for those of you who may not have heard of her yet - well its only a matter of time - this girl is here to stay.
Those of you catching Jack live over the week-end are in for a special treat - as Emm will be dueting with Jack on Happiness!.. stay tuned for more on this one...

If you would like to find out more about Emm -check out her MySpace http://www.myspace.com/emmgryner or visit http://www.emmgryner.com/

News (14/05/2006)

Jack will be appearing on RTEs entertainment - based TV show, 'The Cafe' in June- If you are between 16 and 30 years of age and would like to be a member of the studio audience - please email your full contact details to: thecafe@rte.ie

News (07/05/2006) - Radio News!

* On May 9th at 11.30am, Jack will grace the radio waves with a chat & performance of the new radio single 'Open your Borders' on the RTE Radio 1's Pat Kenny show .. and, tune in to Dublin's 98Fm Tom Brannigan's Show at 11pm for banter and Live Session

* On May 10th, Jack will perform on KFM (Carlow Radio) at 3.30 pm all

*On May 11th, tune into South East Radio (Wexford) at 8am for a surprise guest co-presenter...and KFM (Naas) at 2.30pm where Jack will chat and perform a tune

* Finally, on May 12th, Jack will be a guest of Fran Curry on Tipp FM between 12pm and 1pm before he scuttles back to Dublin for The Phil Cawley Show on Today FM where Jack will take part in 'Phil's Grill' between 2pm and 4.30 pm...phew!

News (01/05/2006)

'Open your Borders' is the new radio single - you can text Today FM on 085 - 4100102 and 2Fm on 087 - 7720000 to request the songs so get texting!! ..

You can read the HOTPRESS review of 'Broken Songs' here (from Hotpress Magazine- April 19th 2006)

News (26/04/2006)

Check out the 3rd part of Jack's Diary and a review from the Irish Independent of Jack's recent appearance at Dublin's Olympia Theatre

News (16/04/2006)

Read a sparkling review (expect anything less?) from Joanna Branniff of The Irish News on a recent gig at the Lisburn Art Centre ..Also, check out the Online Shop where you can purchase the Live Show CD!

News (10/04/2006)

The exact live recording of each gig is available after each show in the Merchandise area of the venue...These live show CDs are also be available online shop

News (31/03/2006)

Hear some samples from Jack's new album, 'Broken Songs' here

News (25/03/2006)

After almost 5 years, Jack's New Album is out now and has already found critical acclaim....Colin Summerville of Scotland on Sunday said of Jack's new Album, 'Broken Songs' - ""This collection of tunes should prove irresistible to radio, and with the lead off single 'Authentic Fake' first to come calling, they should be queuing up for a fix of these Broken Songs""
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