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When the Devil's Loose [VINYL]

A.A. Bondy Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B002I2PHSS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mightiest of Guns
2. A Slow Parade
3. When the Devil's Loose
4. To the Morning
5. Oh the Vampyre
6. I Can See the Pines Are Dancing
7. False River
8. On the Moon
9. The Mercy Wheel
10. The Coal Hits the Fire

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BBC Review

Not one to rush things, Auguste Arthur Bondy spent the best part of a decade fronting indie-rock group Verbena before embarking on a solo career, and readily admits he “didn’t really know” what he was doing with the band. Released earlier this year in America, When the Devil’s Loose follows and builds on the sound of 2007’s sparse American Hearts. Conceived in snowy upstate New York and completed in Mississippi’s Water Valley, it’s the fecund surrounds of the latter that infuse the album: a gentle eulogy to the southern states where Bondy was raised.

Like The Felice Brothers (a clan he counts as his brothers-in-law), Bondy taps into a rich vein of Americana with rare skill and conviction. Ian Felice and Greg Farley of that band both contribute here, as do Macey Taylor of Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley troupe and Nick Kinsey of Elvis Perkins in Dearland. It goes without saying that fans of the aforementioned will find much to love in this record, Bondy sharing his contemporaries’ dusty, widescreen influences while sprinkling his own brand of Southern Gothic throughout.

The clearest example of this is Oh the Vampyre, a stark lament that serves as his own contribution to the genre. “I could drink the world and never get my fill,” he sings, his voice dry and weary yet commendably undefeated. Elsewhere, I Can See the Pines Are Dancing makes for a rousing ode to resilience and False River surges with sweaty, claustrophobic intent. On the Moon is a gorgeous, unaffected ballad, bowing out with a minute of twinkling noise that segues into The Mercy Wheel, a rich full-band strum of the kind Bondy and his players repeatedly nail here.

When the Devil’s Loose is not a grand or showy album, and takes a few listens to ease itself into your consciousness. Once nestled there it offers abundant reward; though not the kind to wind up high in the forthcoming end-of-year lists, its depth and quality ensure it will comfortably outlive many that do. A triumph of restraint and simple songwriting talent. --James Skinner

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Special 5 Nov 2009
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A A Bondy has produced a brilliant album of rare and haunting beauty that is simply a pleasure to listen to. "The Mightiest of Guns," is one those tracks you play to death, the beautiful guitar melody shimmering behind some of the most intelligent lyrics you are ever likely to hear. This dovetails into the stark, swaying "A long parade." There simply isn't a dud moment - whether it be the soft, piano driven "On the Moon," or the toe-tapping "I can see the pines are dancing."
Bondy is still relatively unknown on these shores and in a funny way I hope he stays so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Aug 2011
Format:MP3 Download
The internet, when used correctly, can be an amazing piece of technology.
I regularly scour the web to see if I can find undiscovered ( to me ) gems.
I was fortunate to stumble upon an extrodinary talent in A.A.Bondy.
This album, When The Devil's Loose, is superb.
It opens up with the brilliant " Mightiest Of Guns " and does not disappoint from there on in.
An album swathed in glorious moods, melodies and lyrical prose.
The wonderfully lazy vocal delivery is reminiscent of David Gray meets Thom Yorke,at times, especially on the superb title track.
" Oh The Vampyre " brings Tom MacRae to mind .... but more than that, there is an understated Dylan-esque quality here.
" False River " is probably my favourite track - the guitar sound and instrumentation are exquisite.
" On The Moon " is also an amazing song - the, almost " end of the pier, honkey - tonk piano " giving it a Tom Waites flavouring.

A.A.Bondy is a brilliant singer / songwriter - I am delighted to have discovered this album - for those of you who have not yet heard it, I urge you all to purchase a copy
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply brilliant! 7 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a sweet sad album which is adoringly haunting with fine singing and compositions .... I'm so glad I discovered this! Do yourself a favour and do the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars singer songwriter 1 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
i dont know why this guy is not widely known this is a fantastic album i would recommend it to everyoneWhen the Devil's Loose
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A.A. Bondy has a smokey kind of broken voice. 12 Nov 2009
By Daniel Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The very first song I ever heard from A.A. Bondy was the title track to this album, "When the Devil's Loose." I love everything about that song, the music is atmospheric, the vocals are haunting and the lyrics are poetically abstract without being pretentious. That's a tough thing to pull off, but he makes it work beautifully. Just like his first album, there is not one bad song to found on this one. "Mightiest of Guns" and "I Can See the Pines are Dancing" are also songs that aren't to be missed. I saw him in concert with two of his bandmates shortly after this album came out and even though not many people there knew him (it was a concert where several different bands played) most of them were lined up after the show to buy his albums. There's just something about his music that people are naturally drawn to.
There's a distinct pain in his voice which makes his music sad, but beautiful... as he says, "your sadness it is quite lovely." So is your music A.A., so is your music.

KEY TRACKS: "When the Devil's Loose" and "I Can See the Pines are Dancing"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing 23 Jan 2010
By L. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw Bondy recently perform live, and he had the entire venue hanging on his every word. He opened for Elvis Perkins In Dearland, and won over all those who came to see the headliner. A superb sophmore effort by a grossly underrated artist.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 17 Sep 2009
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
I've been listening to AA Bondy for the past 3+ years, and been going to shows. He's given a taste of some of the music on this new album - When the Devil's loose - both acoustically and with a band.

He's a man of a quiet aggression and simple sonic landscaps but it's his voice, lyrics and haunting music that carries this album so well. I am just in love with this album, as i am with his last, but it's more colorful with a band.

Like i said, It's really lovely.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something New and Completely Different 1 Dec 2009
By Dennis M. Norton - Published on Amazon.com
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So mesmerizing, I can't put it into words....here's the iTunes review: When the Devil's Loose is a gorgeous slow-burner of an album filled with spare and soulful songs backed by guitar, mournful piano, light bass, and slow and steady drumming. Some tunes are wrapped in soothing reverb, ("A Slow Parade," "To the Morning," "False River") and others benefit from moody and atmospheric production ("On the Moon," "The Coal Hits the Fire"), yet all of them convey a feeling of intimacy and subtle power. The tempos are slow yet never lethargic and the songs are lovingly crafted and emotionally charged. A mix of vulnerability and confidence, Bondy's understated, well-worn voice grabs hold tightly and proves an ideal match for his melancholy melodies. He sings slowly and clearly, allowing the vivid imagery and rich symbolism of his lyrics to make their full impact. When the Devil's Loose is the second solo release for Bondy, formerly of the band Verbena, and it's a mesmerizing work of stark beauty and quiet intensity. -iTunes Review-
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented songwriter, an intelligent, raw album - A++ 8 May 2010
By A. Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A.A. Bondy's second solo release, When The Devil's Loose, sounds like it was recorded during Neil Young's Harvest/On The Beach/After The Gold Rush-era sessions - raw, primitive, gritty and real. The production is old-school, stripped down and is a perfect complement to Bondy's effortless and honest, down-to-earth songwriting. His trembling voice is beautifully unique, and song-for-song Bondy could be the most talented young songwriter I've heard in years. Bondy's first CD, American Hearts, is a Must Hear, Must Own, Must Love. Both are completely, highly recommended!!

GENRES: Contemporary Folk, Mellow Rock.

BUY IF YOU LIKE: David Gray, Neil Young, Wilco The Felice Brothers.

MUST HEAR TRACKS: "Mightiest of Guns," "The Slow Parade," "I Can See The Pines Are Dancing," "False River," "The Mercy Wheel."
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