Of Men and Angels

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With a title plucked from a Bible verse on the necessity of love, it comes as no surprise that the Rocket Summer's fourth full-length album, Of Men and Angels, is almost relentlessly positive and uplifting. With Bryce Avary at the helm of most every instrument on the album, as well as acting as producer, the music is what fans of the recording have come to expect from the talented singer/songwriter. Avary's Michael Jackson-esque voice soars high over sunny power pop riffs, giving the listener a nice respite from the half-sung/half-screamed vocals that seemed to have fully infiltrated the world of emo rock. There are also plenty of singalong choruses to sink your teeth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With a title plucked from a Bible verse on the necessity of love, it comes as no surprise that the Rocket Summer's fourth full-length album, Of Men and Angels, is almost relentlessly positive and uplifting. With Bryce Avary at the helm of most every instrument on the album, as well as acting as producer, the music is what fans of the recording have come to expect from the talented singer/songwriter. Avary's Michael Jackson-esque voice soars high over sunny power pop riffs, giving the listener a nice respite from the half-sung/half-screamed vocals that seemed to have fully infiltrated the world of emo rock. There are also plenty of singalong choruses to sink your teeth into, with songs like "You Gotta Believe" and "I Need a Breakā€¦But I'd Rather Have a Breakthrough" inviting the listener to be an active participant in Avary's own brand of infectious pop. What's really remarkable about the album is the subject matter. Older and more mature, Avary manages to muse about the pressures and joys of fame and success without feeling overly whiney, allowing the listener to get inside the head of an artist who seems genuinely thankful for everything his fans have helped him achieve while being fully aware that there's more to life than music. All told, Of Men and Angels is another fine outing from the Rocket Summer. While it will definitely give old fans more insight into the mind of Bryce Avary, it should also be a good fit for anyone looking for some easily accessible, sunny-yet-introspective alt rock to sing along to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527310701
  • Catalog Number: 001393402
  • Sales rank: 246,974

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rocket Summer Primary Artist
Stevie Blacke Strings
John Venable Hand Clapping
Bryce Avary Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Deedle Lacour Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Stevie Blacke String Arrangements
Bryan Jones Guitar Techician
CJ Eiriksson Programming, Producer, Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Ross Garfield Drum Technician
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Bryce Avary Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, String Arrangements, Concept
Brian Abell Guitar Techician
Kristen Yiengst Artwork
Kenny "Dexter" Sharretts Drum Technician
Steven Defino Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ANOTHER GOOD TRS ALBUM!

    This album is definitely different from past TRS albums, but it still holds the raw emotion that Bryce is so well known for. "Hills and Valleys" is hands down the best song on this album, anyone can relate going through the ups and downs in life. Two other strong songs are "do you believe" and "walls" The other songs on this album are not as instantly likable as the other three mentioned, it takes a couple listens to start to love them, and really understand the emotions from them, but do not get me wrong the other songs are very worthwhile once you get into them. They just don't have the instant catchyness of many of his previous songs.

    one song to me that was a let down, was "japanese exchange student" where bryce basically butchered the song with the ending singing, "i love the japanese, those from japan and overseas, and they love me"

    another song, "tara, I'm terrible" which is a ballad for his wife, does not have the same ring as some of his previous acoustic songs like "goodbye waves and driveways" but still is not a complete lose.

    this album is pretty darn solid, with a couple outstanding songs.

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