Crooked Flower - Darkness and Light

It's a little tough to get a good grip on Crooked Flower's music. The instrumental "Bells of Brixton" has a funky bass groove, yet it also features a choppy, alternative-sounding electric guitar part. This group claims the Grateful Dead as an influence, which can't really be heard on this track. However, it also points back to The Cure as an inspiration, and these guitar parts do sound especially Robert Smith-ian. Nevertheless, it's difficult to picture the Grateful Dead and The Cure on the same bill.

With "Tunnel of Light," these talented instrumentalists back up vocalist Angelina Young, who also contributes guitar and keyboards to the act. "Moving On" is much more of a singer/songwriter type song, as Young can be heard struggling with her identity. Over a psychedelic backing, Young keeps asking herself, "Am I where I want to be?" Lastly, "Boyfriend" is a quiet, acoustic meditation. It's a song where Young expresses a desire to make a guy into her boyfriend because, well, she's obsessed with him. It's a pretty and unhurried song about romantic longing.

Crooked Flower is one of those acts that can do so many styles, so well, and Darkness and Light is a small taste of these skills.

Crooked Flower - Darkness and Light

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