A San Diego Zoo
You may already know
Christopher Sluka as a coffeeshop proprietor, the owner of the Javanican Coffeehouses. But
this San Diegan is much more than a peddler of java -- hes a musician that should
make San Diego proud. Slukas career covers more than 15 years and several
His latest solo release, A San Diego Zoo, is the
culmination of a career thats been brewing and is ready to be savored. A San Diego Zoo is a mellow record, for
the most part. The album is basically acoustic and was recorded in Italy, Chile, Japan,
and New York & San Diego, which gives it an international flavor thats hard to miss but easy to
The slap-guitar song, "The Weekends Now," is one
of the more caffeinated cuts, and a high point of the album. Thats not to say that
the slower tunes arent piping hot: "Everywhere" is a loving ballad; and
the Spanish guitar on "Every Day & Night" and "Este Mi Amor"
demonstrates Slukas musical diversity.
Sluka has the voice either of an angel or of former Journey
frontman, Steve Perry. You could swear that, on at least a couple of tracks, Slukas
about to bust out with an "Oh, Sherry" or two. . .
Serve yourself up a piping hot cup of Sluka -- its San
Diegos own tasty treat.
- Jill Albert