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Talia - Thugs They Look Like Angels

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Talia lead vocalist, Nicholas Costa, sings with desperation and extreme vocal scratchiness. Almost every song on the film noir-esque-ly titled album, Thugs They Look Like Angels, sounds a little like Dramarama's radio hit, "Anything, Anything." This is a compliment because this French/US(?) band infuses all ten of these tracks with appealingly desperate passion.

The album's best titled song, "Johnny Bait," in fact, would also make a wonderful 40s film title. Paging the ghost of Orson Welles! Driven by Alice Thomas' thumping bass line, Costa inserts angler electric guitar lines into this tense rocker.

The group has opened for Soul Asylum, which fits because the act is a lot like that Minnesota band, back when it first began. It's an easy group to fall in love with, simply because - like The Replacements, to name-drop another Minnesotan act - these musicians wear their hearts on their sleeves. This is not rock to look cool while playing. It's not music to pose to in fashion shoots. Nah. This is raw nerve ending stuff. If it doesn't make you a little edgy while it plays, you're too busy texting and/or updating your Facebook page! Put your phone away. Tell the kids to go play on a freeway, I don't know. Just give this authentic rock album a chance to get under your skin, much like any good stimulant. You'll feel a little nervous, but also really glad you're alive.

Talia - Thugs They Look Like Angels
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