Vigilantes of Love


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Having released an album nearly every year since coming together, Vigilantes of Love show a remarkable lack of atrophy in either songcraft or musicianship. If anything, the group has learned to do more with less, leader Bill Mallonee contributing some of his most concise songs yet. "Galaxy" is a tender ballad of consolation which Mallonee sings in a weary and loveworn tone. "Stand Beside Me" may be based on a somewhat derivative riff, but "Making It Up" and "You Know That" sound like the perfect marriage of early R.E.M. and any number of good alt-country bands. With tough but engaging riffs and just enough rootsy kick to keep things grounded, Summershine is a bright light of an album.

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