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Miles on the Rail
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Tempe, Arizona's Grievous Angels keep the faith that is loosely defined as alt-country with their third Bloodshot Records release, Miles on the Rail. It's all there, from the scratchy guitars and overheated rhythms (a l... more »
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Tempe, Arizona's Grievous Angels keep the faith that is loosely defined as alt-country with their third Bloodshot Records release, Miles on the Rail. It's all there, from the scratchy guitars and overheated rhythms (a la former labelmates Old 97s) plucked from the punk-rock gutter to the rootsy textures and lonesome, yelpy sentiments that hearken back to Saints Gram and Hank. So how come it all feels so perfunctory? Maybe it's because, while their own "Seven Engines," for example, offers as much corner-bar spirit as one could ask for, their cover of Tom Waits's "Cold Cold Ground" is the collection's most engaging moment. Or maybe it's because, at this point, bands merging country and garage rock are a dime a dozen. Ditto for Miles on the Rail. It's spirited, heartfelt, and nearly guaranteed to get your twangy ya-yas out. It's just nothing new. --Neal Weiss
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The insurgency continues?
Ned Rinalducci | Savannah, Georgia USA | 05/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Please pay no attention to the above Amazon.com review of this album. To criticize this music because "it's just nothing new" is unfair as well as untrue. I am a big fan of genre mixing bands, particularly those that mix country and punk and know how to rock. Grievous Angels fit that bill. Music genres are born when the music of several similarly styled musicians starts to resonate with a large enough audience to gain a label. These guys are helping define "insurgent country," not just copy it. This is a fantastic album. It is reminiscent of Old 97s early stuff, but there is no confusing the two. This music rocks, twangs, rollicks and romps through a kicking set of songs. One thing the above review did get right is that the Grievous Angels performance is "spirited, heartfelt, and nearly guaranteed to get your twangy ya-yas out."-and this, I would argue, is a very good thing!"
Legion Anders | San Francisco, California United States | 07/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In an age where most "country" music is little more than formula-pop jingles with a thin southern accent and steel guitar, it's a pleasure to listen to the soul-filled music of the Grievous Angels. Their music hits you in the gut in a way that would make old Hank Sr. and Bill Monroe proud."