A name like Mêlée -- with all its complicated diacritics, with its suggestion of violence -- suggests that this Orange County quartet is standard-issue modern punk, perhaps even being a band that tends toward the harder, brutal side of things. Names can be deceiving, however, since their 2007 major-label debut, Devils & Angels, is something entirely unexpected: a genuine pop album, one that's informed by new wave but winds up sounding like a good rock record from 1985. Much of this sounds learned second-hand from Ben Folds but Mêlée is notably lacking in Folds' perma-smirk. Even the cover of Hall & Oates' classic "You Make My Dreams" is done sans irony: unlike many punk covers, this is a celebration of song, not cheese. If Chris Cron, like many of his peers, has a voice that's a bit too thin to be memorably on its own accord, it works well with the band's exuberant feel and it delivers the hooks simply and cleanly. Plus, they have a way with hooks, particularly on the exhilarating "Frequently Baby (She's a Teenager Maniac)," which would be a smash at any time there was either pop radio or MTV. It may be the best moment here, but the rest of Devils & Angels proves that it's no fluke as it showcases the rare punk-pop band that places a greater emphasis on pop than punk to often addictive results.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsMêlée Primary Artist
Howard Benson Keyboards
Lenny Castro Percussion
Phil X. Guitar
Holly Palmer Background Vocals
Chris Cron Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Ryan Malloy Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Nader Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jeremy Barnett Background Vocals
Karen Cron Background Vocals
Lina Kumon Background Vocals
Ricky Sans Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsDaryl Hall Composer
Howard Benson Programming,Producer,Audio Production
John Oates Composer
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Adam Schlesinger Arranger
Sara Allen Composer
Chris Cron Arranger,Composer
Marc VanGool Guitar Techician
Cindi Peters Mixing Coordinator
Ryan Malloy Arranger
Mike Nader Arranger
Jon Nicholson Drum Technician
Ricky Sans Arranger,Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Devils & Angels based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I think Melees's New Album Devils& Angels Is awesome.Chris Cron Is terrific on Lead Vocals as Well As Ricky Sans on Lead Guitar Ryan Malloy on Bass and last but not Least Mike Nader on Drums.Album is very easy to listen to and has you singing right along in no time at all.I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Melee is a band that manages to satisfy my craving for piano and guitar at the same time. Their album Devils and Angels, has some great tracks. Can't Hold On is my absolute favorite. Biggest Mistake cracked me up. You gotta love an album, that can make you cry and laugh. These guys seriously rock.
Melee has got what it takes to be “the next big thing”. They can entertain without being vulgar, and these guys know how to perform! Chris Cron’s voice is so powerful and dynamic that no matter what he’s singing, it sounds amazing. Chris, Rick, Ryan and Mike are some of the most talented artists out there, they don’t just play good music, they have amazing lyrics to back it up! From the beautiful singles “Built to Last” and “Can’t Hold On” to the inspiring “Stand Up” this album’s got it all (not to mention an incredible cover of “You Make My Dreams”). Buy it, you’ll love it!