Devils 'n Darlins

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041796325
  • Catalog Number: 17963
  • Sales rank: 70,310

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project Primary Artist
Ed Roland Indexed Contributor, Ukulele
Kevn Kinney Background Vocals
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
Rodney Mills Mastering
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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