Daniel Amos

Shotgun Angel

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Daniel Amos' Shotgun Angel is their transitional album between country and the more straight-ahead rock of Horrendous Disc. A comparison with the Eagles is unavoidable, especially on the title track and "Father's Arms." The group's penchant for silliness shines through on the cowpunk country rave-up "Meal." Side two of the album contains an eschatological rock opera of sorts based on scenes from the book of Revelations. A little too wide-eyed and doomsaying for most modern audiences, but an appropriate song cycle for a band named after two minor prophets. From this song cycle, a notable track is "Better," which sounds uncommonly like psychedelic Beatles. The title track is a cover from another southern California Jesus rock band called the Road Home, whose principal songwriter, Bill Sprouse Jr., had passed away as Daniel Amos was beginning to make themselves known.

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