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Melee - 2007 Devils And Angels

ALBUM: Devils And Angels
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 43311-2
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Chris Cron - vocals, piano, guitar * Ricky Sans - lead guitar, vocals * Ryan Malloy - bass, vocals * Mike Nader - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Built To Last * 02 Rhythm Of Rain * 03 Frequently Baby * 04 For A Lifetime * 05 Drive Away * 06 Can't Hold On * 07 Imitation * 08 Love Carries On * 09 She's Gonna Find Me Here * 10 Biggest Mistake * 11 You Got * 12 Stand Up * 13 You Make My Dreams



Bursting on the scene from the sunny shores of Southern California, Melee has already created a buzz among Glory Daze readers and the AOR scene in general. Could it be the tide in pop music is changing? I have alluded to this previously, but only time will tell. There's a great big Sea of music out there and while bands like Melee and their British counterparts The Feeling are taking a step in the right direction, it's up to whoever is buying music in whatever form these days, to support this style and not let it drown in the sludge of what currently passes for popular music. Having said this, Melee has a lot going for them and as our Editor pointed out to me recently, Warner Brothers is giving the band a big push. An added bonus, the band is not afraid of the road, with a full schedule of dates well into the summer.

The Songs
Webster's Dictionary describes a Melee as a 'Brawl' or 'Fight', but this is certainly not the case with 'Devils & Angels', offering up one of the most cohesive and fun pop albums you will hear. Like a spinning wheel of color shooting across the blue summer sky, this record is filled with positive vibes and is infectious to the very end. In other words, there is nothing here not to like. On the first few listens I came up with all kinds of references from The New Radicals (Gregg Alexander, where are you?) to poppy Todd Rundgren and a host of 80's power pop bands, but in the end pulling all the influences together, the Melee sound is very much their own. In fact, I haven't heard a better use of piano in a rock context since Bruce Hornsby And The Range and their miraculous debut 'The Way It Is'. Yes this is an album very much influenced by classic 80's rock and just take a listen to 'Frequently Baby (She's A Teenage Maniac)', a power pop tour de force of Cheap Trick magnitude, or 'Imitation' a brilliant tune in the style of Franke And The Knockouts with a hook that lingers long after the song is over, then adjust your ears to the huge background vocals on 'Biggest Mistake'. Once again you would be forgiven thinking these guys just popped out of a time capsule circa 1987, and the same goes for 'You Got' with guitar playing that is just not heard anymore outside the AOR underground. But wait! If that's not enough, the band have added a bonus track of the Hall & Oates classic 'You Make My Dreams' which does the song justice and shows us exactly where their hearts are.

In Summary
There you have it, 'Devils & Angels' I know will be making several 'Top 10 of 2007' lists including my own. It's Ok to jump on this bandwagon and let's hope Melee's success is not a fluke. They could very well be the shot in the arm the music scene needs. These are exciting times indeed.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I was playing my music library in random mode today, and 'You Make My Dreams' came up, followed by 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates. I thought it was cool that I had two H&O tunes in a row come up, but 'Maneater' didn't sound like it came from the same album as 'You Make My Dreams'. I checked to see if they came from different albums, and lo & behold, YMMD was the Melee version. Fooled me...

Overall, this is a very enjoyable recording. 'Imitation' was one of my top songs of 2007, and 'Biggest Mistake' is just a good & funny song.
#2 | gdazegod on April 28 2016 05:20:22
I was terribly disappointed this band didn't kick on to bigger things. They were onto a sure fire winner with this album. The following 2010 album 'The Masquerade' was appalling by comparison.
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