Devil City Angels
by Kevin Wierzbicki
When you have guys like Tracii Guns (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Rikki Rockett (drums) making new music as Devil City Angels, you have decades' worth of multi-platinum experience at work. The only question becomes, "who's gonna sing?" Enter Brandon Gibbs, formerly of The Gibbs Brothers and Cheap Thrill. With the band's line-up you might expect the album to lean toward Hollywood sleaze rock and for Gibbs to be a screamer; to the contrary the music here is blues-flavored rock 'n' roll and Gibbs is a clear-voiced, clearly-enunciating singer not given to histrionics. Among the best cuts are the garage rocking "Boneyard," which of course is a double entendre, the Bo Diddley-inspired "I'm Living" and surprisingly, the poppy, almost bubblegum "All I Need." The album closes with the funky rock (and showcase for Sarzo's bass work) of "Bad Decisions" and history has proven that these guys have certainly made plenty of those over the course of their respective careers; deciding to make this album was not one of them.
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