Grievous Angels

New City of Sin

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While this country-rock band's name and album title might suggest a slavish devotion to the work of cosmic cowboy icon Gram Parsons and his seminal band the Flying Burrito Brothers, Grievous Angels don't kowtow to the past. Theirs is a vital, contemporary brand of roots-rock, a mixture of punk aggression, country sentimentality and a highly original songwriting sensibility.

With the exception of multi-instrumentalist/utility infielder Jon Rauhouse, all the members of the band sing and compose, and there is a unified feeling running throughout NEW CITY OF SIN that can only come from a true group effort. On songs like "Don't Die While I'm Alive" the Angels show off the winning combination of country's dark fatalism and rock & roll's barbed, irreverent humor that is their chief asset.

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