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Every performance by MARAH is an explosion of vitality, energy and authentic passion for pure, undistilled rock&roll. Their melodies are so wonderful that they almost hurt, hitting you with well-aimed blows of honesty. Getting through them is ... Read more in Amazon's Marah Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000W8FWCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Marah were ever to rewrite its resume, it should begin with three words: "soul," "chaos," and, most notably, "reinvention." Led by ex-Philadelphia siblings Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band has never shied away from tinkering with either its sound or lineup. While the results aren’t always a hit (see 2002’s debacle Float Away with the Friday Night Gods), Marah manages to stay buckled into the rock & roll driver’s seat--these days riding the restive streets of Brooklyn--on album number six, which features habitual rockers like "Coughing Up Blood" and the playful title track. On board now is the first female, keyboardist Christine Smith. As much a constituent as a guest, 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. Check out "Santos De Madera," a breezy pop song, the ballad "Blue But Cool," and the 10-minute "Wilderness," Marah’s very own "Day In The Life." --Scott Holter

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on January 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
4.5 Stars

Marah's last album, If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry, was the one that pulled me in. It sounded like a raw nerve all bundled up in a comforting (yet trashy) rootsy earnestness. The poetic descriptions of people and places felt familiar yet surreal, and at their best the stories unfolded like mini-novels with attention to detail and character development (take the cascading "The Dishwasher's Dream" as the perfect example). Yet above all else the sounds were appealing and accessible, the songs tight and melodic. Next to the emo-lite and pallid second-hand-post-punk-bin rip-offs that graced the airwaves when IYDLYC was released in 2005, the thing sounded like it had descended from rock n roll heaven straight into my hands. I could hardly get it out of my CD player for weeks after I bought it, and it remains one of the most listened-to albums in my collection to this day. Of course I went out and bought a few of their other albums right afterwards, and while each pulled its own weight none quite compared to IYDLYC.

The problem of course with setting the bar so high is this: from then on, everything you do will be held to a higher standard. I've found that true in many areas of life and all the more so here.

Angels is one of the few new releases I have ever bought with no real attention to the press the album was getting. Usually I'm a wary consumer, I want to know what others think before I invest. Call me flawed, fallible (who isn't?) but there's only so much to go around. I mean money, time, love, etc. If you don't see it now eventually you will.

I don't regret the decision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Media Hut on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to Marah since they released "Let's Cut The Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight" and Angels is just another one of their absolutely wonderful albums. How this band hasn't attracted more attention is beyond me.

My favorite Marah albums: Angels of Destruction, Let's Cut The Crap and Hook Up Later on Tonight, Kids In Philly and If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry.

Everyone of the above albums should be in everyone's music library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Kid on August 11, 2008
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I purchased this CD without having ever heard a note from the band - in fact, I had never even heard of them - based solely upon the fact Nick Hornby ('High Fidelity' / 'About A Boy' / 'Fever Pitch') sang their praises. I've used this approach before with - to say the least - varied results; I still do not see the transcendence of The Monks.

I did a quick Wikipedia check while waiting for the didn't encourage me. The group has experienced continuous personnel changes around a core of two and also seemed to have carried out stylistic shifts. In short, I was prepared for disappointment. Instead, I was more than pleasantly surprised as I listened to a selection of varied music that reminded me of Williamsburg/Brooklyn performers like Tris McCall (from Jersey to be sure, but still of the oevre) and The Consultants; Todd Rungren/Runt; 80s Springsteen, The Hooters and - perhaps the biggest surprise for me - Dylan when performing with the Grateful Dead.

And, this is not to say that this diversity, this richness of style and poetmtial is bad. To say the band's material is bad because it was varied is like saying 'The Beatles - Live at the BBC' indicates they were weak or poor performers becas7ue they could and did perform literally everything!

But, it was the lyricism that got me more than any melody. The folks who run this entity know who rhwy are and what they want to say. And, they do it with equal measures of heart-on-the-sleeve and weary cynicism.

The next step for me...buying IYDLYC.
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