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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world




JANUARY 17 2014



The Angels surely need no introduction, especially as their last album ‘Take It to the Streets’ (their first with Screaming Jets Dave Gleeson in vocals) was released only 2 years ago. 2014’s ‘Talk the Talk’ (their first in 15 years) sees the same line-up again in fine form.

Penned and refined over seven months while the band was on tour in 2013, the album started to take shape in hotel rooms, in the back of a Tarago and during sound check at venues around Australia and in truth it smells of the road and of a great band with a new lease of life, albeit an album put together in a very modern way – sharing files and trading ideas electronically.

Whether you are Australian or not The Angels (or ‘Angels from Angel City’ a s they were for our American cousins) are a band with a rich history and cited as influences by everyone from Guns ‘n’ Roses, Nirvana and Pearl Jam to Great White (the latter of course covered a number of their songs).

2014 sees The Angels hitting their stride with ‘Talk the Talk’ and whilst it suffers from the curse of many bands of a certain age – simply not being ‘old’ enough it certainly shows there is life in the old dogs yet.

Each of the twelve tracks here are distinctly ‘Angels’ and have the vibe laid down by the Brewster brothers all those years ago. The inclusion of Gleeson who contributed to tracks like ‘Broken Windows’, ‘Heart Of Stone’and ‘Got A Feeling’ strangely if anything intensifies the trademark Blues-infused Rock sound.  If you are a fan of old then this is better than ‘Take It to the Streets’ by some distance and tracks like title track and opener ‘Talk the Talk’ just have that bluesy sound and trademark backing vocals you would hope for.    

Our favourites are the faster numbers like the melodic ‘Got an Itch’ which has THAT guitar sound. In truth though there’s nothing that really disappoints even if there is nothing to really set the world on fire, but maybe that will come with repeated plays?

Favourites of ours include those two openers along with the bluesier ‘Every Man’ which sees Gleeson put in one of his finest performances; there’s also wonderful ‘Heart of Stone’; the call to arms ‘Nations are Falling’ and the wonderfully melodic ‘I Come in Peace’. On the basis of this album The Angels may have taken a more mid-tempo approach, eschewing rabble-rousing anthems like ‘Will I ever see your Face’ but it seems to matter little – the end result is damn good.

Let’s face it a band like The Angels is always up against it when put up against their own rich back catalogue, but The Angels 2014 vintage is still a very fine drop, and a band that can still deliver the goods. In The Angels 40th Anniversary year, this album proof that there is no need to teach these old dogs any ‘new tricks’. |



by Mark Diggins