Devils 'n Darlins

Devils 'n Darlins

by Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project
     
 
Having tasted pop superstardom, Ed Roland settles down into his Georgia roots with his second project, the Sweet Tea Project. Here, he scales back the arena rock affectations of latter-day Collective Soul albums, but he can still operate on a cinematic scale -- he has a knack for power ballads and has an innate sense of what would please a large audience -- the only

Overview

Having tasted pop superstardom, Ed Roland settles down into his Georgia roots with his second project, the Sweet Tea Project. Here, he scales back the arena rock affectations of latter-day Collective Soul albums, but he can still operate on a cinematic scale -- he has a knack for power ballads and has an innate sense of what would please a large audience -- the only difference is, Devils 'N Darlins, the first album by his post-CS outfit the Sweet Tea Project, knows when to pull its punches. Whenever Roland chooses to cut a love song, he doesn't blow it up to dramatic proportions and he's also happy to indulge his band in their various obsessions, whether its the reggae breakdowns on "Love Won't Bring Us Down" or doing a bit of a folk hoedown on "Pile of Pearls." Roland doesn't hide his influences, not when he's calling a song "Lennon's Lullaby," but Devils 'N Darlins is interesting because he simultaneously plays up his Southern roots -- both in regards to soul and to a foot-stomping country that's not so far removed from Mumford & Sons, or other acoustic worshippers -- and winds his way into dense, intricate pop. At his heart, Roland remains a populist, ready with simple, direct hooks, and eager to please. This creates some odd tensions -- he'll dig into some roots music then gussy it up to make it feel modern -- but that's why Devils 'N Darlins feels livelier than almost any Collective Soul album: he's had his success and now he's ready to stretch out as he reconnects to his roots, and the result is one of his most satisfying albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2013
Label:
429 Records
UPC:
0795041796325
catalogNumber:
17963
Rank:
69319

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project   Primary Artist
Kevn Kinney   Background Vocals
Ed Roland   Ukulele
Eric Frampton   Keyboards
Brian Bisky   Bass
Mike Rizzi   Drums
Christopher Alan Yates   Banjo,Trumpet
Emerson St. Pierre   Keyboards
Jessie Tyler   Background Vocals
Nathan Coley   Drums
Carmen Ford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ed Roland   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Shawn Grove   Composer,Lyricist,Engineer
Wyatt Oates   Engineer
Willie Boos   Composer
Brian Bisky   Composer,Lyricist
Christopher Alan Yates   Composer,Lyricist,Engineer
Misato Otake   Illustrations
Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project   Composer
Heather Cereghino   Publicity
Ashley Eckenweiler   Publicity
Joe Bertagnoli   Composer,Lyricist
Red Yates   Composer,Lyricist

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