Devils & Angels

Devils & Angels

by MêléeMêlée


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A name like Mêlée -- with all its complicated diacritics, with its suggestion of violence -- suggests that this Orange County quartet is standard-issue modern punk, perhaps even being a band that tends toward the harder, brutal side of things. Names can be deceiving, however, since their 2007 major-label debut, Devils & Angels, is something entirely unexpected: a genuine pop album, one that's informed by new wave but winds up sounding like a good rock record from 1985. Much of this sounds learned second-hand from Ben Folds but Mêlée is notably lacking in Folds' perma-smirk. Even the cover of Hall & Oates' classic "You Make My Dreams" is done sans irony: unlike many punk covers, this is a celebration of song, not cheese. If Chris Cron, like many of his peers, has a voice that's a bit too thin to be memorably on its own accord, it works well with the band's exuberant feel and it delivers the hooks simply and cleanly. Plus, they have a way with hooks, particularly on the exhilarating "Frequently Baby (She's a Teenager Maniac)," which would be a smash at any time there was either pop radio or MTV. It may be the best moment here, but the rest of Devils & Angels proves that it's no fluke as it showcases the rare punk-pop band that places a greater emphasis on pop than punk to often addictive results.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624331124
catalogNumber: 43311
Rank: 114127

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mêlée   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Phil X.   Guitar
Holly Palmer   Background Vocals
Chris Cron   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Ryan Malloy   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Nader   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Barnett   Background Vocals
Karen Cron   Background Vocals
Lina Kumon   Background Vocals
Ricky Sans   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Daryl Hall   Composer
Howard Benson   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
John Oates   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Adam Schlesinger   Arranger
Sara Allen   Composer
Chris Cron   Arranger,Composer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Cindi Peters   Mixing Coordinator
Ryan Malloy   Arranger
Mike Nader   Arranger
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Ricky Sans   Arranger,Composer

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