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CD Review: Take it to the Streets (The Angels)
Take it to the Streets (The Angels)

The Angels

Take it to the Streets

Liberation

2.5 stars

It's difficult not to be a little disappointed with the Angels' first album in 14 years. After the success of the reunion of the late-70s classic line-up a few years ago, it's an anti-climax to be presented with a new record from only a shell of that version of the band. Doc Neeson is elsewhere.

Instead, lead vocals are handled by Dave Gleeson of the Screaming Jets infamy. Gleeson does a decent job, but he hasn't been given a lot to work with.

This is an old-man version of the Angels. The songs are mostly drab, delivered without energy, particularly in the drumming department. Waiting for the Sun does evoke happy memories of Marseilles, but the rest sounds like the band is playing to a few mates on a couch.

The disc also sees them tackling three tracks from their 80s glory days, but all this serves as a reminder that the originals were recorded when the band overflowed with fire and fury.