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Angels of Destruction

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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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MARAH
Angels of Destruction!
(Yep Roc)

A rock tour becomes a pilgrimage passin through this wilderness, searchin for our home or possibly vice versa on Marah s latest album, Angels of Destruction! Both a beefy, bluesy, rock-and-soul bar band and a hand-clapping, guitar-strumming folk-rock band are at the core of Marah, which formed in Philadelphia in the early 1990s and resettled in Brooklyn. Although Marah got started in the heyday of grunge, the band s two songwriters, singers and guitarists, the brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, reach back to the same roots as Bruce Springsteen does. At times Marah can sound like Elvis Costello leading the E Street Band.

Like their predecessors the Bielanko brothers have far more to say than most bar bands. They pour out words and ideas, and it has taken them some time to keep their verbiage from crowding the songs. On Angels of Destruction! they have found the balance. The words are aligned within melodies and hooks, whether it s the folk-rock tango of Angels on a Passing Train or the driven eighth-note pounding of Old Time Tickin Away.

Angels of Destruction! worries about apocalypse and redemption. It also tells tales from the band s perpetual travels particularly in Spain, where it has a strong following and from its New York City home, where We come up from the subway/Like we re freed out of Hell. Any hint of pretension dissolves in Marah s music, as the Bielanko brothers raspy, growly vocals ride roadhouse grooves. In Rolling Stonesy stomps and skiffle bounces, easygoing vaudeville shuffles and driving rockabilly boogies the songs make allegorical visions sound like barroom banter. JON PARELES, NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 6, 2008 --New York Times

Despite being billed as a post-rehab collection about redemption, there is a thread of glorious, edge-of-the-world chaos running through Marah's sixth album. The Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia band has developed a reputation as a stellar live act, but its records are often hit-and-miss affairs. With this new collection, however, Marah manages to convey the manic energy that makes it such a great performer, and the result is its best album yet. Opener "Coughing Up Blood" sets the mood: The instruments whirl and collide while frontman David Bielanko sings about loss and joy. "Angels on a Passing Train" spins a yarn about being filled with rage while managing to sound upbeat and excited. The rest of the record is full of propulsive, twangy rockers that sound like early Bruce Springsteen or an unbuttoned, pumped-full-of-happy-pills Wilco. Sobering up and getting straight never sounded like so much fun. Clover Hope --Billboard Magazine


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  1. Coughing Up Blood 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Old Time Tickin' Away 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Angels On A Passing Train 4:05$1.39  Buy MP3 
  4. Wild West Love Song 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Blue But Cool 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Jesus In The Temple 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Santos De Madera 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Songbirds 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Angels Of Destruction 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Can't Take It With You... 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Wilderness10:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 8, 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: #337,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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
Format: Audio CD
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 album...it 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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