What do you get when you cross two super fans of experimental artist Bill Nelson living worlds apart? A virtual tribute of the musical kind in the form of Let's Take a Ride by Electric Angels. The band takes its name from Bill Nelson's Electricity Made Us Angels and is the work of Englishman Bob Kingdom and American Eric Daum.
In a true tribute, Electric Angels takes the glam rock and pop of the ’80s with just enough of the ’70s and even the ’60s influence to create some pretty amazing arrangements. The style is fun, dance-able and even a bit quirky at times with a focus on Kingdom's guitar talents for sure.
“Tangerine Girl” kicks off the album with a true glam rock anthem of sorts with of course the deep ties to the classic electric guitar. This song seemed to transport the listener back to the ’80s hair band with visions of the early MTV videos dancing in your head. I enjoyed this playful and pop version of a true summer hit. It was just enough of an interesting mix to be new but also a great nod to what we loved about the glam rock years.
“Old Friends” continues the voyage down the retro path with a song that really reminded me of the classic music from one of my all time favorite movies The Breakfast Club. This song is cool enough to be new again but also pretty timeless in that the subject matter could really take place today or really anytime. I enjoyed the easy pace and interesting take on a bit of historic music. “Outer Space Vacation” had a retro feel as well with a bit of a new spin as it combined the ’80s feel with some of the old school sci-fi movies themes of the 60s. It was one of the more fun tunes of the album.
“Angel's Tears” seemed a bit out of place from the first three songs on the album but this actually did not surprise me given the wide range of influences the band has. This was an odd mix of almost folk rock and glam, I wasn't sure what to think of it really. I couldn't say I liked it; it was a little below the quality of the other songs on the album for some reason. Luckily the band recovered in true glam rock style with “Let's Take a Ride” with its strong dependence on the electric guitar you would expect and pop worthy lyrics. They even throw in a few quick guitar solos that added to the rock feel.
“Blue September” and “Sweet Surrender” were among my favorite songs from the entire album as they slowed the pace down a bit to really focus on the heart of what made some great ’60s hits special. Classic rock with just a twist of alternative rock to make things interesting.
Overall I enjoyed the album and found myself noticing little additions that made something that sounded very retro new again. I look forward to hearing more from this virtual band and enjoyed the fact that they came together out of admiration for another artist.
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