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Welcome to Struggleville


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Audio CD, April 19, 1994
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1. Welcome To Struggleville
2. Aftermath
3. Resume
4. Babylon
5. All Messed Up
6. Vet
7. I Can Explain Everything
8. Runaway Train
9. Sympathy
10. Cold Ground
11. Last To Know
12. Bitter Price To Pay
13. Glory And The Dream

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capricorn Records
  • ASIN: B000003CL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Bill Mallonee, song writer, guitarist, and singer for the Vigilantes Of Love, is a very talented song writer. If an already famous band or star were to cover a Mallonee song, it would undoubtly become a hit. The Vigilantes write hits, they just don't get the airplay they deserve. If they were played on mainstream radio everyday, their songs would sell many cds. But really, it's not about "hits." Its about getting your music to a wider audience. The point isn't that VOL isn't getting rich from potential sales. The point is that the public is missing out on some really good music.
"They are building a new gallows for when you show up on the street - polishing the electric chair - they're gonna give you a front row seat." - Welcome To Struggleville
"Palm readers and politicians make promises galore, Hollywood spreads her legs like a two bit whore, offering numbness to the masses who fear the market crash." - Aftermath
"Now the union man come up here to organize - make the rich man hear my cry - Mr. Getty and Carnegie and Vanderbilt - if I talk too much my blood will get spilt." - Resume
"This is no pleasure cruise in the South Pacific, I'm bailing ice water up to my neck, Titanic's Captain said that God couldn't sink her, you might say he learned a healthy respect." - Babylon
"I could have told you, you were on the wrong track - I could have told you about the knife in your back - I could have told you about the people you see - all of those friends were just your enemies." - All Messed Up
"Smile or a handshake, and look out baby, here comes the plastic explosive - take me down to Saigon river, take me down to the China sea - put myself unreservedly in the stars and stripes forever - I got a cauterized brain and a heart shot off at the knees.
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This is a great album of tunes. As much as I like the title track, after hearing it for about 10 years, I'm just a little tired of it. However, I'm not tired of any of the others.

A lot of these songs sound good loud; Resume, Babylon, Runaway Tran and Bitter Price To Pay...all great rock songs. And there's never any risk of being bored by meaningless lyrical content...this, like all V.O.L. albums, is full of verbal treasures. This is smart Southern rock.

A quality line from All Messed Up...(one of many quality lines Mallonee's responsible for...)

"got the venom of asps
right under your lips
and a curse on everyone's head
you got the death rattle twitch
and a rattlesnake's bite
spit a secret right off the tip of your tongue"

Don't wait, get it now.
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Bill Mallonee always has interesting things to say, pointed mixes of his faith and his natural cynic's view. One this early album, he is still trying to create a musical voice, and some of this feels a little basic compared with his later work. Best Songs: the title track, "Glory and the Dream", and "Cold Ground".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph McCarthy on February 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The title track is the killer tune on this release. It's a classic example of the singer's song writing ability. Bill Mallonee not only sings and plays the guitar very well, he also composes great music to go along with his appealing lyrics. "Aftermath" is also a quality cut, and one of the four great songs on this cd; the other three being "Glory And The Dream" - "All Messed Up" - and "Welcome To Struggleville."
It seems that most rock albums have four exceptionally good tracks with the rest of the record being good except for maybe one or two throw aways. But with music taste being so subjective, no one can really be the ultimate judge on what songs are great and which ones suck. It all comes down to opinion. That not only applies to songs but also to reviews of the band itself. Furthermore, using words to describe music can be tricky. If a reviewer describes to you the sound of a group, one that you never heard before, can you safely assume you know what that group sounds like? Maybe. Maybe not.
Of course, it helps if you can compare the group to another band that they sound like. That will give your reader an idea of the noise the group makes, but its not so good for the group. Its always better to have your own style and not sound like anyone else.
With that said, I must admit that I can't think of any group that the Vigilantes Of Love sound like. Not that their sound is that unique. In fact, they have a general rock style, but its hard to nail down. They're from Georgia, but you can't really hear the South in their music. Some of the guitar work has a hard edge, but you won't hear heavy metal. And when they play fast, you couldn't call it punk.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Bill Mallonee's lyrical miracle is contained in this album. The song "Vet" is haunting and at the same time intriguing as well as great to listen to. If you are someone or know someone who was in the Viet Nam War, you need to hear this album. If you've seen the movie "Titanic", listen to "Babylon".
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