Black Angel's Death Song

Due Ragazze

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The second album by Los Angeles indie rockers Black Angel's Death Song, 1994's Due Ragazze (released on vinyl in Italy as Two Girls, fittingly), is considerably less fragmented than their debut, Sinning With a Policy. Recording the whole thing in one session as opposed to in bits and pieces over the course of a couple of years undoubtedly helps, but the songwriting styles of guitarists Jim Miller and Jack Gould mesh much better this time out. Still, like Sinning With a Policy, Due Ragazze is all over the place stylistically. Lack of cohesion is an endemic problem in a band with two songwriters, but it's not even a matter of Gould and Miller having dissimilar songwriting styles; Due Ragazze has so much variety on it, it's almost like a compilation album. My Bloody Valentine-style shoegazery guitar noise, folk-rock, neo-psychedelia, and punk all show up, but unlike on the fragmented Sinning With a Policy, there are enough similarities between the songs to keep the listener from getting stylistic whiplash. Miller's songs in particular are stronger this time out, with the almost power poppy "Virginia Is for Lovers" a particular standout.

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