Album Review: Divine Healer by Angel Corpus Christi

Album Name: Divine Healer
Artist: Angel Corpus Christi
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Angel Corpus Christi has been releasing records for a long time. Her music has earned her cult status. She plays the accordion and sings in a slightly flat manner, not unlike Liz Phair.

“Divine Healer” is originals and covers done in a very pleasing way.

“You” has Dean Wareham from Luna on guitar. Angel’s voice is tender as she sings of doing heroin with her beloved. Takes all sorts I guess.

“Rock and Roll Shoes” is a charming, quirky song. Angel’s accordion is put to good use here.

“Pull Girl” is a new wavey song with plenty of bite.

“I’ll Say Goodbye” is a bittersweet breakup song. Angel’s unique style prevents her from making this into a clich√©.

Her stylish takes on “Eve of Destruction” and Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man” round this record off nicely.

“Divine Healer” is a fun, spirited pop record.

Posted on October 1, 2003

Track Listing
1. Home Sweet Home
2. You
3. Rock and Roll Shoes
4. Candy
5. I Want Everything
6. Pull Girl
7. Sadder
8. I’ll Say Goodbye
9. Brown Wheat
10. She Said
11. Sleepwalker
12. Eve of Destruction
13. Clown Sex
14. Hurdy Gurdy Man

[Angel Corpus Christi Official Site]

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Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: beautiful voice superbly controlled and intentional. accordion – of all things! – used to such great effect you could never have imagined…. and the originals are bloody marvellous – rock ‘n’ roll shoes, i’ll say goodbye, she said. pull girl is an instant classic, you could die happy after writing this one! (how many stars have you got?)
paul campbell on Sunday, May 29, 2005

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