LIVING IN A DREAM (ARCANGELS)

THE STORY SO FAR:

Formed in the musical hotbed of Austin, Texas, the Arcangels consist of some of the finest musical talents to ever play an instrument.

With a devoted fan base, the Arcangels are known as a tremendous band with an equally remarkable story that began in 1992, after the devastating loss of their friend and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.

TRACK LIST

1. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
2. This Little Light of Mine (Medley)
3. Sugar Is Sweet
4. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
5. We’re Gonna Make It
6. Share Your Love With Me
7. Another Saturday Night
8. Fannie Mae (Live) – featuring the Playing For Change Band with Keb’ Mo
9. Please Come Home for Christmas

THE CRITICISM:

The only real surprise on this CD is the heavy psychedelia of “She’s Alright,” but there’s a vivacity to these live renditions, which wasn’t always the case on the group’s Geffen debut and, until now, sole release. The 30-minute DVD documentary fills in a few of the blanks for those less familiar with the Angels’ flight path, with Shannon crediting producer and E Street Band guitarist Little Steven for initially shaping the band’s sound.

The CD includes three new tracks and a live version of Spanish Moon recorded at Antone’s. Spanish Moon is a bit drawn out but a great song. Crave And Wonder is presented here as a studio track, actually surpassing the live version on Disc One. What I’m Looking For is a dark and moody mid-tempo rocker that’s decent but not their best.


Playing the CD/DVD together shows a weird dichotomy that comes from having recorded so much material over such a long stretch. What worked with the post-SRV era doesn’t really play into the more modern stylings. There’s a lot of good music, but uneven playing undermines the group’s effort for a clean sound. However, it’s still something to behold. Buy it for the DVD, stay for the CD.

THE BREAKDOWN

Final Score:  89% – B

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