Angels Of Destruction

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  • Summary: The Philadelphia/Brooklyn-based band returns with its latest studio album following a Christmas album in 2005.
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  1. Their songs of experience suggest they spent some time exploring that darkness, only to have found the light on the other side.
  2. 'Angels On A Passing Train' and the terrific rock-soul ballad 'Blue But Cool' don't have anything particularly interesting to say--the lyrics are all about salvation, redemption, and other big ideas Craig Finn repackages far more ingeniously--but they jump out of the speakers with just the right mix of conviction and craftsmanship.
  3. Magnet
    Angels just rocks. [Winter 2008, p.108]
  4. Uncut
    Angels Of Destruction sounds like one almighty road trip, barrelling along to piano. blustery guitars and the odd honk of E Street sax. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  5. Smith adds subtle layers of piano to the formidable 'Wild West Love Song' and the bluesy, Zeppelin-like 'Jesus in the Temple.' But even more newsworthy, her jazzy stylings have rubbed off on the Bielankos.
  6. Angels is a Marah album, which sort of sucks, but that 'Blue But Cool' and 'Santos De Madera' and the title track might still make you a little misty eyed and/or end up on a mixtape.
  7. 50
    The subdued exception 'Blue but Cool' aside, the pretentious poetry and overwrought riffing induce numbness, not transcendence.

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