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Devils & Angels

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Devils & Angels is modern rock influenced by the melodic craftmanship of singer-songwriter piano men containing a sharp sense of pop hooks and harmonies. This album showcases frontman Chris Cron's soaring vocals and expressive piano playing and elevates Melee to heavenly places far beyond indie-alternative-pop-punk.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000NQ28CY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rich Atkinson on April 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I came to this album with no preconceived notions; my teenaged son is a big fan of their previous album and asked me to preorder this for him from their website. He has taste similar to my own, so when he suggested that I listen to it (with, in retrospect, a strange grin on his face) I was more than happy to comply.

I was totally unprepared for how impressed I would be. This album is absolutely tremendous. There are so many good things to say about the band as a whole and the album in particular that it's hard to know where to start. They're more than just good musicians - they're good musicians who've obviously worked hard at creating a unified sound. Rather than being a collection of soloists they truly play together. Lead guitarist Ricky Sans, for example, is clearly a talented player but he never beats you over the head with solos designed to highlight his skill. His work supports and adds highlights to well designed arrangements. Vocalist/pianist Chris Chron is a great singer, and his piano playing runs the gamut from elegant lead work to an energetic channeling of the late Nicky Hopkins.

None of that counts for much without good material. Well, they've got good material. In fact, they've got GREAT material. The temptation is to say that the songwriting is the star of the album, but that denigrates the musicianship. All of the original songs (cowritten by Chron and Sans and arranged by the whole band) have wonderful melodies that you'll be humming for days, and mature well thought out lyrics. For one example, the opening lines of "Drive Away" are "I bet you want to know who's coming/Coming to the party tonight/My friends are drinking satisfaction/I've been mixing tonic and spite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aae on April 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After hearing Melee's previous album, Everyday Behavior, I was really excited to hear what Devils & Angels would sound like. I was anticipating a great album, and I wasn't disappointed. These guys are true artists. Their songwriting is virtually flawless. There's songs to dance to & there's songs to chill to, but every song is just as amazing as the next.

Favorite Songs: Built to Last, She's Gonna Find Me Here, Can't Hold On, Love Carries On

Get this album; you'll be thrilled that you did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Good
"Built to Last" starts off the album strong with a singer-songwriter feel to it. The piano lines blend well with the rich vocal melodies. There's even just enough guitar thrown in to keep it from entering wuss-ville. "Rhythm of Rain" is accented by a great acoustic strumming pattern and catchy chorus section. Driving rhythms, chugga-chugga riffage, and subtle piano tear down the walls on "Frequently Baby (She's a Teenage Maniac)." The track has so much bounce, you can dance to it.

Get ready to grab your Kleenex on the emotionally jarring, piano-based ballad "Can't Hold On." Soft strings are always a good method to really jerk those sorrowful emotions. The songs' ending is simply powerful. "Imitation" has a Jackson Browne-ish quality to it, with its commanding piano and crafty songwriting. It's a lot more forceful than anything Jackson's put out though. "She's Gonna Find Me Here" is a strict piano/vocal ballad with an 80s arena rock guitar run added for good measure.

The Bad
Zip!

The Verdict
Sign me up for the Melee bandwagon! Devils & Angels is a display of tremendous musicianship on an album that is sadly flying below the radar.
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Devils & Angels
BUILT TO LAST the pearl of this album, DEVILS & ANGELS, is a great pop song. After all the stack of pessimist and apathetic 90s and 00s indi music is good to find some people like these young guys, Chris Cron & Co: MELEE, doing this powerful and stylish, even romantic, why not! song. Maybe, sure! they have a long way to do and learn, improving their live performance but the creation is here. Don't stop men, keep going ! Devils & Angels is not progressive rock, no deep messages, no political claims but is strengthful, optimist and fun, it's good power pop for High School, for parties, at home or for a fourty man like me who likes driving the car listen to bright music. Other outstanding songs are Rhythm Of Rain, For A Lifetime, Drive Away, Imitation or You Got.
Don't hesitate, buy it! As well it's very cheap.
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Built to last, la joya de DEVILS & ANGELS es una genial canción pop.Después de todo el montón de música pesimista y apática de los noventa y los dosmil es estupendo encontrar unos tios como estos chavales, Chris Cron y compañía haciendo esta potente, elegante y hasta romántica canción. Seguro que tienen un largo camino por recorrer y aprender, sobre todo a mejorar su directo, pero la creación está aquí.
Seguíd ahí tios. DEVILS AND ANGELS no es rock progresivo, no aporta mensajes trascendentales, no tiene reivindicaciones políticas, pero es poderoso, optimista y entretenido.
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