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MCE Album Review: The Devious Angels – Self-Titled E.P.

“Steevie” Steeves and Jon Decious, collectively known as The Devious Angels, have been writing music together for a little over a year, but have that musical connectivity that is so rare in today’s industry that already places in within elite company on the circuit of up-and-coming singer/songwriters.

Their self-titled debut E.P. is a seven-track collection of music that accurately illustrates who The Devious Angels are and what they’re about:  loyalty, passion, and their love for country music.

Decious co-wrote all seven songs on the album, two of which with Steeves:  “Somebody’s Somebody” and “Wanna Make A Day.”  Both songs feature Steevie on lead vocals, and are easily two of the best on the record.  Her smooth vocals delivered with an overpowering sense of musical sophistication along a slight touch of twang make for potential genre cross-over hits.

While Steeves’ soaring vocals will surely one of the record’s trademarks, so too will the ingenious penmanship of Decious, whose deceiving strong singing shines on a number of the tracks.  The first track of the E.P., “Fly,” features the two sharing the vocalist duties, and their harmonies and arrangements are a beautiful way to open the album.  This song truly serves as an introduction from The Angels to country music.

“Odelay,” who the duo shot a video for and is streaming on their website, features both singers alternating on lead vocals while embodying a more indie acoustic feel.  “Easy Does It” is a tune perfect for a Sunday afternoon relaxing in the sun.  Its laid-back nature is a perfect compliment to some of the emotionally-driven music earlier on the record.

Songs like “Life After Loving You” and “Coastal Carolina” show the other side of the Decious-Steeves dynamic:  the heartfelt, emotional ballad.  “Life After Loving You” could have come out of a handbook on how to epitomize a country song.  Documenting a failed relationship, the song features both members on vocals telling a story with powerfully heartbreaking lyrics.  Steevie is back on the pipes along with “Coastal Carolina,” which is also the disc’s closer.  Her incredibly powerful vocal delivery on this song not only showcases her talent, but also hints to the listener that there’s more to come on future releases.

‘The Devious Angels,’ produced by R.J. Stillwell and Chad Jeffers, represents only a small sample of what country music fans can expect from this duo.  Because TDA is a duo, and because of their love for country music, it’d be easy to compare them to the likes of Steel Magnolia, Thompson Square, or even a Sugarland.  But that’s not what The Devious Angels are all about.  They don’t know where they belong in country music, they just know they love writing and performing it.

“Don’t know if we’ve ever really thought about where we do, or don’t, fit in.  We just wanna sing our songs and see what happens,” Jon Decious says.

To listen to and/or purchase The Devious Angels’ debut E.P., visit http://www.thedeviousangels.com

Click here for our exclusive interview with Steevie and Jon.


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