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Buy this album at ProxisCD OF THE WEEK (November 2000) :

ANGELICO "NO REST FOR THE WICKED"
(2000, Universal, 548 2652)

Songs (Click the -icons for some small realaudio-samples)

cover, sleeve1. Freak You Out
2. Good About You
3. Wrong Side of Right
4. Someone to Save
5. Stop me
6. About Love
7. Down on You
8. Anything
9. City
10. Head over Feet

Songs : Ruben Block & Martine Van Hoof, with Lars Van Bambost (4 & 7) and The Wilsons (2)

Musicians:
-Martine Van Hoof : vocals
- Ruben Block: guitars, keyboards, loops, backing vocals
- Axl Peleman : bass, loops, rhodes
Guest musicians:
- Mario Goossens, Dirk Jans : drums
- Tom Slegers, Victor Hidalgo : keyboards

Produced by Jo Francken
Recorded at Motormusic Studio (Koningshooikt, Belgium)

Artwork : Ellen Vanwezenbeek
Hoesfoto : Bart Verwilt

 

My opinion

Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage.
I'll stop here with my attempt at breaking the record number of Garbage-references in one Angelico-review or interview. It was no easy target to beat, because the comparison is really omnipresent.
And it makes sense too : AngeliCo brings us a gulp of modern and angry female-powered rock with a heavy bass, firm rhythms, fine tapes & loops, a nice and mean guitar and an angry bitch up front. In short: Garbage à la Flamande, Blondie à Anvers, Ashbury Faith with a ma'am, and Sin Alley without the Stetson.
The band was presented with the catchy singles "Freak You Out" and "Good about You" (written by several daughters of Brian - Pet Sounds - Wilson). "Anything" has an truly irresistable bassline anc chorus, and would also deserve a status as an A-side on something. The rest of the songs on the debut-CD "No Rest for the Wicked" don't match up to that trio, but "Wrong Side of the Right", "Stop me" and the slow "City" save the day, and win the match on points. Songs as "Someone to Save" or "Down on You" do have a catchy refrain to boast about, but sink too deep in the rest of the song to stay interesting.
If AngeliCo were to get themselves a live reputation (not on Pepsi Pop, but at festivals and clubs and the like), and if they were to get a few more great songs, i'd bet some money on them making it big. Until then, it'll take 'em a while to escape the comparison with that American producers-band with a Schottish singer.

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This Album in the Press

- Han Zinzen in Rif-Raf (november) : "No Rest for the Wicked mag er wezen. De sprankelende popmuziek heeft hier en daar een scherp randje en een vreemd donker hoekje, maar de liedjes stijgen je willens nillens naar het hoofd".
- kdp in De Standaard : "Op plaat slaat de vonk niet altijd over. Nochtans plaats het gezelschap zich met zijn debuut tussen de weinige Vlaamse bands die erin slagen om volwaardige rechttoe rechtaan nummers op de proppen te komen, in plaats van met collages van ideëen ... een sterk debuut maar niet grandioos over de hele lijn".
- tMc voor CaféBelge : "... Zangeres Martine Van Hoof heeft de presence van een jonge Blondie en smeert haar bezwerende zanglijnen als verse boter over de catchy Afrekening-verse en professioneel geboetseerde rockdeunen. Haar woorden smelten op de hitserige deunen van haar companen. It's all pop, we hebben het allemaal al gehoord, maar dankzij het inventieve gebruik van effectapparatuur geeft gitarist Ruben Block zijn sound de nodige variatie mee ..."
- Bart Steenhaut in Metro (De Morgen) : "Een beetje mechanicien weet met de restanten van drie roestige karretjes doorgaans wel een soepel draaiende bolide te construeren. Het Antwerpse AngeliCo kwam volgens hetzelfde principe tot stand. De groep bestaat uit restjes Sin Alley, Ashbury Faith en Noordkaap en maakt aardige popliedjes die, trouw aan de tijdsgeest, volgestouwd zitten met loops en andere electronische geluidjes. Fijn, alleen knipogen Martine van Hoof en haar vrienden iets te nadrukkelijk naar Garbage om ons meteen over de streep te trekken."

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on November 23, 2000, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

Shop
Price of the CD
Shipping + other expenses
Total
Direct Link
Frontstage
719
0
719 Bef.
Frontstage
Azur
688
0
688 Bef.
Proxis
668
0
668 Bef.
Proxis
Atrecordings
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3$
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Netbeat
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2,77 euro
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The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations : let me know.

 

More about this group :

- My attempt at a sort of AngeliCo bio
- the official site = listen.to/angelico
- Axl Peleman gives his side of the story on his personal website
- contact band : angelico@listen.to
- booking 'em : jazztronaut, tel 02 456 04 76 - fax : 02 460 01 36 - peter@jazztronaut.be
 

 

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