中文网没有他们的介绍，只能自己胡言乱语了。这是一个3人乐队，叫Cool Hand Luke，和一部上世纪80年代的经典片同名。音乐带有点神经质，还有点喜怒无常，还有就是很低调。整张专辑的节奏曲调氛围都是单一的，没有大起大落。歌词是描写处理生活苦恼和绝望，听了大概你会觉得生活就这样，又或者完全不是这回事。但是你绝对不会感到烦躁，这是一张让你从头听到尾都不会换歌的专辑。
Cool Hand Luke's sophomore effort finds the trio more fully integrating the various elements of its sound into a coherent whole, still working in a dreamy, slow to midtempo mode and downplaying obvious hooks in favor of lush, layered textures. Imagine, if you will, an unabashedly Christian version of the Cure, or perhaps a more fleshed-out Red House Painters. The songs were inspired by a particularly difficult year in the life of singer and drummer Mark Nicks, and they tend to deal with issues of anguish and emotional desperation and, finally, a renewal of faith. On "Sequence #3" Nicks revisits a standard doctrinal trope with the repeated line "I never really lived until I died with You," and on songs like "I'm Not Ready" and "Foster" he lays his own conversion process out in sometimes harrowing detail. The degree to which you find the album compelling will depend, in large part, on your willingness to sit through 11 tracks of songs with one overriding lyrical concern, all delivered at one tempo and governed by a single mood. It will also depend on your openness to explicit religiosity, which in this case extends to Bible cross-references in the lyric sheet. Musically, The Fires of Life grows on you; lyrically, you'll either hear it immediately or you probably won't at all.
Following up their successful debut release "Wake Up O Sleeper", Cool Hand Luke has returned with its second release on Floodgate Records, "The Fires Of Life".
The album picks up where "Sleeper" left off and retains the same moody nature of that album but offers several new musical surprises as well. Lead singer/drummer Mark Nicks expands his musical pallette by adding piano to many of the tracks. Also, the band has employed a new guitarist, Chris Susi, in place of original member Jason Hammil.
Standout tracks include the opening track "Skydive" (which owes more than just a nod to John Lennon musically), "The Foster", "Cinematic", "Rest For The Weary" and the title track. The album's main highlights are without a doubt "I'm Not Ready" and "Sequence 3". These two tracks are linked together without pause and form an 11-minute tour de force of initial warfare and subsequent victory.
The albums lyrics are entirely Scriptual-based. The Scripture references are interwoven throughout the printed lyrics in the CD booklet so if you have a Bible handy, it's easy to access and view the quoted verses in their full context.
Cool Hand Luke has furnished yet another winner with "The Fires Of Life". This album is just as good as its predecessor while offering fresh new musical ideas.
Highly recommended for fans of low-key Alternative Mood Rock.
02. The Foster
03. Rats In The Cellar
05. I'm Not Ready
06. Sequence #3
07. Friendly Jas
08. I'm Not Running
09. The Zombie Song
10. Rest For The Weary
11. The Fires Of Life