Album Review: Vultures by Naked Angel

Album Name: Vultures
Artist: Naked Angel
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

This CD packaging is a tad misleading. The cover art and the name make it look (at least to me) like a Goth-ish, punk-ish sort of outfit. The first song even falls into this category at least a little bit. It’s what I would consider “soft-punk”. Think Concrete Blond: the “Bloodletting” years. It’s a very cool song.

But then the rest of the CD is almost loungy. They make good use of interesting percussion with a little bossa nova/salsa beat. To add to the lounge feel they even use audience talking sound at the beginning of track 4, “17” so it sounds like you’re listening in on a club act.

Also, lead singer Kat has a nice powerful voice.

“No Fun” has almost a carnival feel to it.

Title track, “Vultures” is probably my favorite song on the CD. It has some funky guitar, with a layer of simple piano and lots of dissonant chords. It’s almost spooky.

I can’t help imagining that this is a Punk band that grew up and mellowed out a little. It’s pretty cool, if that’s your thing.

Posted on May 6, 2003

Track Listing
1. I’m Not Waiting
2. Ocean
3. Soldier
4. 17
5 Catch Me I’m Falling
6. Rain
7. Foreign Lands
8. Where Are you
9. No Fun
10. Cactus
11. Vultures
12. Fly

[Naked Angel Official Site]

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