Stiletto Angel

Stiletto Angel

by The Informants
     
 
From the band name, album title, and retro-kitsch cover art, one would be forgiven for assuming that the debut album by the Informants was the latest in the now past its peak garage rock revival. In fact, Stiletto Angel is a throwback of an entirely different color, a rocking little jump blues album filled with stride piano, funky tenor sax honking, a stomping

Overview

From the band name, album title, and retro-kitsch cover art, one would be forgiven for assuming that the debut album by the Informants was the latest in the now past its peak garage rock revival. In fact, Stiletto Angel is a throwback of an entirely different color, a rocking little jump blues album filled with stride piano, funky tenor sax honking, a stomping rhythm section, and -- best of all -- Kerry Pastine's sly, sassy vocals. Pastine doesn't truck with the usual blues mama clichés, but she's got a roughened, soulful tone that even puts over potentially sappy material like the melodramatic ballad "Tears of Heartache." But she's at her best on material like the stomping opener and the more playful "Backyard Bar-B-Que," where she can alternate between flirty come-ons and finger-wagging feistiness. Without her, the Informants would be just another jump blues revival band, indistinguishable from the porkpie-hatted twits who were all over the place for a few months circa 1998. Indeed, even with her, there's still an occasional whiff that the Informants have decided to play dress-up with their favorite old style of music rather than creating something new that's based on beloved old forms. Still, as costume parties go, one could do much, much worse.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
WIPE IT OFF RECORDS
UPC:
0742187550021
catalogNumber:
75500

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Informants   Primary Artist
Mark Richardson   Trumpet,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Keyboard Accordian,Group Member
Kerry Pastine   Vocals,Group Member
Paul Shellooe   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Christophersen   Vocals
Mike "Mac" McMurray   Vocals
Kenny Plum   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Johnny Love   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sister Wynona Carr   Composer
Mario Delagarde   Composer
Mark Richardson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Rick Darnell   Composer
Mario Casilio   Engineer
Informants   Audio Production
Kerry Pastine   Composer

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