Angels Turned Thieves

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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
The Philadelphia group John Train lashes Jon Houlon's sharp, poignant songcraft to folk and country instrumentation (featuring dobro, fiddle, and mandolin). The secret weapons here, however, are the lyrics; in fact, the warm, rootsy sound almost serves as a red herring for Houlon's acute poetical sense. Consider how the unlisted title track spins the tale of Jimmie Rodgers' suffering. The song opens with "Imagine if you will a consumptive young man/Set sail from Galveston to the northland/Downed a shot of whiskey and chewed on a lime/And leaned into the microphone for the last time." It then culminates in a vivid picture of complete dissolution: "The last tour was ugly/They ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Erik Hage
The Philadelphia group John Train lashes Jon Houlon's sharp, poignant songcraft to folk and country instrumentation (featuring dobro, fiddle, and mandolin). The secret weapons here, however, are the lyrics; in fact, the warm, rootsy sound almost serves as a red herring for Houlon's acute poetical sense. Consider how the unlisted title track spins the tale of Jimmie Rodgers' suffering. The song opens with "Imagine if you will a consumptive young man/Set sail from Galveston to the northland/Downed a shot of whiskey and chewed on a lime/And leaned into the microphone for the last time." It then culminates in a vivid picture of complete dissolution: "The last tour was ugly/They played the worst rooms, his lungs torn to pieces, his voice filled with doom/One night in Dallas he fell to his knees opened his mouth and started to bleed." Angels Turned Thieves reveals John Train as a band to be reckoned with, hitting the listener with ear-pleasing instrumentation and the visceral impact of powerful songwriting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Record Cellar Prod.
  • UPC: 729850064269
  • Catalog Number: 64

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You and Yours (4:18)
  2. 2 Broke TV (2:28)
  3. 3 Looking for Hints (4:08)
  4. 4 Take You Home Tonight (2:16)
  5. 5 Wait Until Spring (3:17)
  6. 6 I Know (2:19)
  7. 7 Down in the Draw (2:18)
  8. 8 You Come to Me (2:40)
  9. 9 Underside (2:16)
  10. 10 Air of Gettysburg (3:21)
  11. 11 Trains Rollin' By (2:49)
  12. 12 Ask Me to Stay (2:06)
  13. 13 Float Away (3:24)
  14. 14 [Untitled Track] (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Train Primary Artist
Jay Ansill Fiddle
Freyda Epstein Viola
Bill Fergusson Bouzouki, Mandolin
Mark Schreiber Percussion, Drums
Mike Brenner Dobro, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Rosie McNamara-Jones Violin, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jay Ansill String Arrangements
Peter Humphreys Mastering
Mike Brenner Producer
E. Smith Composer
Steven J. Wellner Engineer
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