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4 our of 5 Stars!

4 stars out of 5 by Arthur Wood
Tom Pacheco 4 stars out of 5
Frogs Claw Records
Another ‘wake up and view reality’ song collection from Pacheco
According to that venerable almanac in the sky Wikipedia, LUMINOL is used by forensic investigators to detect trace
amounts of blood left at crime scenes as it reacts with iron found in hemoglobin, even if the blood has been cleaned or removed. It’s also used by biologists in cellular assays for the detection of copper, iron, and cyanides, in addition to the detection of specific proteins.
The sub-title of this thirteen song disc is: the Houston Sessions, and it was recorded concurrent with Pacheco playing a series of Texas dates. Produced by Patty Sanders (Tom’s sister, memorialised in the song Shadow Of A Seagull) at Sanders Sound, supporting Pacheco’s acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocal there are contributions from local performers Brian Kalinec (lead and rhythm guitar), Bill Ward (lead guitar, keyboard) and Tony Sanders (electric bass, keyboard). In his liner note, Pacheco relates how he attempted, with these songs, to: ‘put my finger around this nation’s pulse at this time of its history n which uncertainty, nervousness, anger, betrayal and a sense of being helpless, fill the uneasy winds that blow through our collective hearts.’
Now in his fifth decade as a recording artist, Pacheco’s lyrics have (previously) leant heavily upon historic events, recent and past—and the lessons society learned, or for that matter did not learn—furthermore, Tom’s not averse to a little futuristic crystal ball gazing. That’s pretty much the thrust of LUMINOL, wherein the opening song While We Looked The Other Way finds him target corporate capitalism, an ill that he perceives has poisoned every facet of life in the land of the free. The anaesthetised masses, meantime, like couch potatoes watch: ‘Dancing With The Stars with stupid grins’—it
truly saddens me that shows like this and its tiresome fleece the citizenry phone-in ilk are British concepts!
In the spirit of Robert & Ramona, The Cumberland Robbery explores unemployment, poverty, desperation and crime, while coincidence and humour pervade Big Jim’s Honey delivering a high unlike any other. The Human Rights Act
1998 is the most unfit for intended purpose piece of British legislation (ever), while You Tube, similarly, seemed like a good idea at the time. Sadly, it also has become prone to unlegislated abuse! A successful, but ultimately lonely, female Wall Street lawyer and a male airline pilot facing divorce appear in Blues In The Key Of Mississippi. The country- tinged Texecution requires no subjective clarification, while the ensuing call to stand fast and stand together, Solidarity, appeared
on the recently reviewed 2-CD Pacheco retrospective THE SECRET HITS VOL. II. The apocalyptic The Plastic Bag From Wal-Mart, is followed by the closing selection and historic summation A World Without America.

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