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Angels of Light | Review

Altercation Magazine | Justin Halbersaat

Gira's stellar songcraft pushes this album from the "interesting" to "must own" field

Issue #17 Fall/Winter 2005 Michael Gira continues to expand on his already impressive resume with seemingly every consecutive Young God release, and this split between recent signings Akron/Family and Gira's own Angels of Light is little exception. While Akron/Family dominates the recording with seven tracks that make the grade artistically and sonically (think barbershop quartet meets Sigour Ros and you're still barely scratching the surface), it's Angels of Light that truly steals the show. Opening the latter half of the album with a staggeringly great rendition of Dylan's "I Pity The Poor Immigrant" , Gira's emotional baritone resonates soundly and deeply on tracks "One For Hope" and album closer "Come For My Woman". Gira even reshuffles the track "Mother/Father" expertly, a song that was originally recorded with a different arrangement for Swans. While Akron/Family do a fine job, Gira's stellar songcraft pushes this album from the "interesting" to "must own" field.
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