Monday, September 8, 2008

Tough and vulnerable

A very nice traditionally tinged, but mostly rocking second album from Canadian singer Angela Desveaux comes out this Tuesday...the review went up today at PopMatters.

Angela Desveaux & the Mighty Ship
Angela Desveaux & the Mighty Ship
(Thrill Jockey)
US release date: 9 September 2008
UK release date: 8 September 2008
by Jennifer Kelly

Move over Neko

Angela Desveaux, the Montrealean songwriter with roots in rural Cape Breton, has a rich country-tinged voice and a fondness for traditional instruments. Still, her second album, Angela Desveaux & the Mighty Ship, is mostly a rock record, with strident beats and clean, simple guitar solos. Her band-guitarist Mike Feuerstack of the Wooden Stars, bassist Eric Digras, and drummer Gilles Castilloux-is much the same as on debut Wandering Eyes, but they've developed a knack for emphatic beats and clear, well-structured instrumental breaks. Feuerstack has some particularly good, well-thought-out guitar solos, on the rock side in "Other Side" and "Hide from You", and in a more country-blues idiom on "Shape You". Sure, there are occasional twangs of pedal steel, now-and-then delicate, vibrato vocal flourishes, and a couple of songs in country waltz-time to show her traditional roots. But for the most part she sounds strong and sure and indie-rocking, a latter-day Juliana Hatfield or Kristin Hersh.


"Sure Enough"

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