Monday, May 13, 2024

The Dahlmanns - "Lucky"

Wow! This is how you come back from a hiatus! The Dahlmanns have been favorites of this blog since (literally) day one. They are truly the perfect pop band, and their singles never fail to stun. Not counting their split with Tommy and the Rockets in 2020, the last time The Dahlmanns released new music was back in 2018. With that in mind, many of us freaked out over news of a new 7" on the always-great Snap!! Records. Was "Lucky" worth the wait? Let's just say I was not disappointed! The full vinyl release will be out this summer, but the A-side is already available for your streaming pleasure. "Lucky" is vintage Dahlmanns in every way: a magnificent slice of hard candy power pop that combines heartbreaking lyrics with absolutely intoxicating vocals and melodies. Line has never sounded better, and that chorus will propel you into a state of bliss. If you want to hear the perfect guitar sound for a power pop record, lend this song your ears. "Lucky" instantly joins the list of smash hits in The Dahlmanns' catalog. The 7" will also feature a couple of excellent cover tunes. One of the best things about this band has always been its selection and interpretation of cover material. You can always count on The Dahlmanns to pick amazing songs and make them their own. On this release, they tackle "Blue Letter" from Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled LP and "Thing About You" from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' album Hard Promises. If you didn't already know it was a cover, you might mistake "Blue Letter" for a Dahlmanns original. The band's rockin', upbeat rendition of this classic rock deep cut is the very epitome of powerful pop. Dare I say it's better than the original? It's always gutsy to cover Tom Petty, one of the greatest songwriters in the history of rock 'n' roll. But The Dahlmanns more than do justice to "Thing About You," honoring a classic song but also putting their signature on it. 

The Dahlmanns have not missed a beat following their long time away. "Lucky" is as good as anything they've ever done, and no fan of power pop will want to miss out on it. The world is always a more joyful place with The Dahlmanns in it. A little birdie told me they're working on new material, and that's got to be the best news of the year. Send an email to to inquire about pre-ordering the 7"!

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