10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the Devil’s Loose is a gorgeous slow-burner of an album filled with spare and soulful songs backed by guitar, mournful piano, light bass, and slow and steady drumming. Some tunes are wrapped in soothing reverb, (“A Slow Parade,” “To the Morning,” “False River”) and others benefit from moody and atmospheric production (“On the Moon,” “The Coal Hits the Fire”), yet all of them convey a feeling of intimacy and subtle power. The tempos are slow yet never lethargic and the songs are lovingly crafted and emotionally charged. A mix of vulnerability and confidence, Bondy’s understated, well-worn voice grabs hold tightly and proves an ideal match for his melancholy melodies. He sings slowly and clearly, allowing the vivid imagery and rich symbolism of his lyrics to make their full impact. When the Devil’s Loose is the second solo release for Bondy, formerly of the band Verbena, and it’s a mesmerizing work of stark beauty and quiet intensity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the Devil’s Loose is a gorgeous slow-burner of an album filled with spare and soulful songs backed by guitar, mournful piano, light bass, and slow and steady drumming. Some tunes are wrapped in soothing reverb, (“A Slow Parade,” “To the Morning,” “False River”) and others benefit from moody and atmospheric production (“On the Moon,” “The Coal Hits the Fire”), yet all of them convey a feeling of intimacy and subtle power. The tempos are slow yet never lethargic and the songs are lovingly crafted and emotionally charged. A mix of vulnerability and confidence, Bondy’s understated, well-worn voice grabs hold tightly and proves an ideal match for his melancholy melodies. He sings slowly and clearly, allowing the vivid imagery and rich symbolism of his lyrics to make their full impact. When the Devil’s Loose is the second solo release for Bondy, formerly of the band Verbena, and it’s a mesmerizing work of stark beauty and quiet intensity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Maltempi ,

Fantastic

I have personally not been moved by an album like this one sice Elliott Smith's Either/OR.
Though both albums cross simmilar terriorties musicaly, this one is Americana with a Southern tilt at it's core. Equistely delivered and immotively satisfying.
I love A.A. Bondy & would be remiss if I did not say that I occasionally pray to some form of higher that he will record again.

Carlo Maltempi

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