Thursday, February 17, 2011


There's a soft spot in my heart for all Philadelphia-bred bands, as I am a Phildelphian by birth (and for the first third of my life), and Marah is no exception. The band has developed a reputation as a live act, and has been championed by a certain Springsteen character who has been sighted in the swamps of that state just east of Philadelphia, but sometimes their recorded output has been hit-or-miss.

"Angels Of Destruction," the bands sixth album, hits the mark. This collection of songs about rehab and redemption manages to capture on plastic the manic energy of their live shows for what may be their best album yet. The instruments whirl and collide while David Bielanko sings about loss and joy, with a sound like an early Springsteen crossed with Wilco. Well worth checking out.

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