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8/10 Avi
 

ANGELUS, THE - On a Dark & Barren Land - CD - Gutterth Records - 2011

review by: Avi Shaked

It is on its eighth track - "For the Sake of the Night" - that this debut release by Texas' The Angelus reaches a climate: a basic melody is delivered by discretely hitting piano keys to a punctuate yet draggy rhythm, before a guitar joins in unison, followed by layers of harmonies and vocals that gradually take over, with the slow, serpentine melody resurfacing from time to time. It's neither a technically impressive maneuver nor an emotional catharsis, but it is a beautifully restrained passage that takes the listener for a stroll and eventually encircles him to make him feel as though he has been soaked into the song. This song actually sums up the spirit of this album well: a low key, reflective rock effort which may be regarded as a kind of a post-shoegazing affair.

On a Dark & Barren Land, which was co-produced by Josh T. Pearson, is characterized by a grey, autumnal, gloomy mood, and while it lacks the radical storytelling quality of Pearson's original band Lift to Experience (whose 2001 The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads is a post-rock masterpiece), it still holds a semiceremonial / religious vibe, with the songs hinting at congregational prayers and, as such, induces both intimacy and self observation. The lethargic "Let Me Be Gone," for instance, holds such a convincing prayer for redemption from this world's burdens ("Release me / my body / let me be gone") that the listener will find it hard not to be drawn into its submission. (8/10)

 

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