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River Songs

BadleesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Angeline Is Coming Home 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Fear Of Falling 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Angels Of Mercy 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Grill The Sucker 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Queen Of Perfection 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bendin' The Rules 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gwendolyn 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ore Hill 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nothing Much Of Anything 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Song For A River 8:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Liked You Better When You Hated Yourself 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

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The BADLEES "Fear of Falling"


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Pete Palladino – lead vocals
Bret Alexander – guitars, lead vocals and anything with strings
Paul Smith – bass
Ron Simasek - drums
Dustin Drevitch - Guitars
Nyke Van Wyk - Violin

The Badlees are a six piece rock band that have been creating and performing music since 1990. Pete Palladino (vocals), Bret Alexander (guitar), Paul Smith ... Read more in Amazon's Badlees Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Motown Records Group
  • ASIN: B000002GMN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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River Songs by Badlees

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As anyone from northeast Pennsylvania could tell you, the Badlees are one of those bands that may get some national recognition but somehow keep slipping through the cracks. Maybe it's because an occasional touch of harmonica gets them labeled as "too country" for some people, and their intelligent rock side makes them unsuitable for country airplay. Maybe it's because the lyrics would occasionally need some, ahhm, editing. (Purists rest easy - I'm talking three words over the course of an album.) Maybe it's because the group prefers to keep the close connection they have with their following in their native Stroudsburg and the surrounding area. I couldn't say. Whatever the reason, River Songs should please anyone who likes a quick witty rhyme or a fun upbeat helping of acoustic rock.
"Angeline..." and "Fear of Falling" are likely the most recognizable tunes for someone unfamiliar with the group. The rest of the album is just as sunny, apart from a couple darker patches in "Bending the Rules" and "Song for a River" - just as sunny musically, that is. The lyrics run between joyful satire ("Angels of Mercy") to sardonic wisecracks ("Queen of Perfection," "Nothing Much") to biting-but-fun barbs at others ("Gwendolyn," "I Liked You Better..."). This is stuff that's not only catchy but fun to sing with.. the kind you scream along with while flying along the highway some sunny day. (Maybe someday I'll think of a similar description so I won't overuse the highway-cruise cliche, but it still fits here.) If you're looking through this page because you like the Badlees already, then I'll just remind you to look for their new album Renew this summer. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band few outside Pennsylvania know about May 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't listened to this for awhile until a few days ago and was immediately reminded how much I love this CD. Even the songs that aren't my favorites are still good songs. The Badlees are straight forward rock music with a little country thrown in occasionally. Angeline is Coming Home is the most recognizable cut from River Songs but I also love Bendin' the Rules, Song for a River, Queen of Perfection and I Liked You Better When You Hated Yourself. Liked You Better and Queen of Perfection have catchy melodies mixed with darkly funny lyrics. Song for a River is a long, slow song with the verses spoken instead of sung as it tells a story.

Pete Palladino has a strong, vibrant voice and the whole band are excellent musicians. River Songs is a great CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for Hootie fans March 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Much like the wellknown band, The Badlees focus on rootsy rock with occasional touches of country instrumentation and strong melodies. Add to that a more than passing similarity to Darius Rucker's voice in Badlee lead vocalist Pete Palladino and you have the recipe for something Blowfish backers are likely to enjoy.

What makes the Badlees different from H&BF is the unusual topics often covered in their tunes, from a mental patient's return home ("Angeline is Coming Home"), fantasy revenge on a nagging spouse ("Queen of Perfection"), and a drinking buddy's discontent when a mate finds health food religion ("I Liked you Better When You Hated Yourself").

Best tunes here are the brother asking for mercy for his black sheep sibling ("Bendin' the Rules"..which features a wailing guitar break), radio singles "Angeline is Coming Home" and "Fear of Falling", the peppy "Gwendolyn" and the deliberate trashiness in "I Liked You Better When you Hated Yourself" with lines like "You kicked your bad habits, you're in perfect health, But I liked you better when you hated yourself".

"Ore Hill" and "Song for a River" are two of the lesser tracks on the disc.

Bottom Line: If you enjoyed Rucker and company's CRACKED REAR VIEW you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. You surely can spare the penny it's going for used.

3 1/2 stars
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just give them a shot - you won't be disappointed! June 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you appreciate good blends of vocals & music- try 'em. I have seen them live and the lead vocal is excellent. The rest of the country is missing out on some good ol' band playing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WELCOME SURPRISE! June 19, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Got this one from a friend- I did not expect much but was really overwhelmed with the inventive songs and great playing. I play guitar with some buddies, and this one got a lot of attention! If you enjoy Hootie, really like Edwin McCain and the like, these guys are right down your alley. Definitely get this release, and keep your eyes open- a new release should come this year. enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best PA bands in a long time!! March 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The album has a Hootie and the Blowfish sound, with a down home rock flare. Some of the tracks are for the mature, with its comedic play on words and brash lyrics. However, all cuts are excellent toe-tappers. If you EVER get a chance to see them live, do it. I only wish they were around Lancaster more often.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You should own this CD! March 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Badlees' break-through album. "Unfortunate Result of Spare Time" showed an increasing musical and lyrical maturity (especially "Tore Down Flat in Jackson" and "Laugh to Keep from Crying"), that culminated in "River Songs" fantastic array of enjoyable and intelligent songs. This band has some of the best writing and most versatile musicians on the current rock scene. The guys show a range here that they will expand even further on their next self-produced gem "Amazing Grace" and their Ark 21 release "Up There, Down Here." "Fear of Falling" was one of the best songs of the mid 1990's and "bendin' the rules", "gwendolyn", and "ore hill" keep it great company. "Angeline Is Coming Home" gained national attention on the radio, and even hit the airwaves in Germany! "Angels of Mercy" is one of the songs that showcases Bret Alexander's brilliant ability to turn a clever lyrical phrase that evokes more than mere attitude - it colors the song with depth of character and makes it come alive to the listener. These guys should be better known. They probably will be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good music with good vibes
I had this when it came out on tape. Most of the songs have a really good sound. I really like the first 2 song(the reason I bought the cd)
Published on September 27, 2009 by Mark D. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
"Bendin' the Rules" is by far the greatest song I've ever heard. You'll want to listen to it over and over again. Read more
Published on September 15, 2004 by Savannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
With over 400 CDs of various types, this is one of my favorites. Laid back music that you can listen to over and over. Just an awesome collection.
Published on January 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST OWN THIS CD--10 STARS **********
The Badlees are one of the greatest bands ever. Every song is great, it's hard to pick a favorite. Pete Palladino is one of the most incredible singers I've ever heard. Read more
Published on December 30, 2001 by Jennifer Hartzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hootie With A Little More Southern Charm
I like Hottie and the Blowfish, but I really loved this CD. River Songs is a great complilation of a little bit of everything. Read more
Published on January 26, 2001 by "slewis7575"
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAY MUSIC WAS MEANT TO BE DONE!!!
If you love good music, by a band that makes music the "old fashion way", by writing all of there own material, then this is the band and album to start with. Read more
Published on September 24, 2000 by Frederick J. McDonlad
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band that you're not listening to! Don't miss out!
The Badlees are one of the best American rock bands around. Fabulous lyrics that weave wonderful stories. Lots of fun. Go see them live if you get the chance! Read more
Published on May 17, 2000 by Nicole E. Matero
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good CD
This is a very good CD. The lyrics and music are great. The lead singer has a very distinctive voice and at times sounds the same on many of the tracks. Read more
Published on April 3, 2000 by Crossfit Len
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Angeline is coming home is on of the best songs I ever heard,and Queen of perfection reminds me of myself. A bunch of great songs, not the same songs over and over.
Published on November 17, 1999
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