Grizzly | 12/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You should not miss TROUBLE PILGRIM--it's as close to perfect as an album can get.
It's the band's third album, a stunning successor to their classic GHOSTOWN (also a must-have!) If you like real rock-'n' roll with incredible guitar, great bass and drums, and superb vocals, this album will give you all that. Plus, the lyrics, whether about romantic relationships, the war in Iraq (or any war, really), justice, humanity, faith, Joe Strummer and far more, are real, touching, and intelligent.
Philip Chevron and Pete Holiday wrote the songs (and sing all but one of them) with great backup vocals that do far more than most back-ups to enhance the mood and meaning of the songs. Anita Bonnie's alternately rough and sweet voice adds a perfect touch to Chevron and Holidai whether they're singing of love gone wrong or the attack on the Twin Towers. Then there's Steve Rapid's "The Concierge"--wonderfully creepy and evil.
The band has added synthesizer, horns, tin whistle, and glockenspiel, believe it or not, to add a complexity to the hard rock of some songs and the delicacy of others. It all melds, and each time you hear the album, you see why these touches work so well.
Get a bunch of these as presents. Your friends will love you for it."