God's Little Monkeys

New Maps of Hell

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The first album by God's Little Monkeys caused considerable excitement in folk-rock circles when it was released. The quartet was somewhat reminiscent of the Oyster Band, with tight, layered harmonies, a Northern English folk sound, and an overtly political stance. Luckily the politics never got in the way of the music, and even Americans who didn't care about the Tories or know who Pik Botha was could relax and enjoy the music. The range on this album was fairly wide, with almost medieval harmonies on cuts like "Underneath the Arches" and "Sea Never Dry," and a rockabilly flavor on "Pay That Money Down." New Maps of Hell is a very listenable album, and it is unfortunate that the group didn't stay together and build on this success.

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