Vigilantes Of Love - To The Roof Of The Sky

Saturday 1st August 1998
Vigilantes Of Love - To The Roof Of The Sky
Vigilantes Of Love - To The Roof Of The Sky

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Meat Market ASCCD001

Reviewed by James Stewart

Having won themselves a large fan base from non-stop touring over the past seven years, Vigilantes Of Love have decided that the time has come to cut all ties with record labels and start afresh.  This album is the band's first release since that decision, and what a gem it is.  Obviously influenced by the alternative country movement (Victoria Williams, Son Volt, Whiskeytown) in the States, the band have gone for a more organic sound, more akin to their 1992 release, 'Killing Floor', than to last year's 'Slow Dark Train', with mandolin, pedal steel and second guitar ably handled by Kenny Hutson.  The title track sends tingles down the spine, with the wonderful pedal steel sounds, while the rockers are infectious and Mallonee's lyrics are as beautifully incisive as ever.  Like Victoria Williams, Vigilantes Of Love are one of those bands who seem to get critical praise but little recognition.  If you want some raw, honest rock, get this album

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Posted by Michael in Sheffield, England @ 14:13 on Sep 24 2007

I saw Bill and the boys in Sheffield at a pub location with about 30 people in the audience a few years ago. I'd heard nothing by the Vigilantes of Love and had gone along on a whim. What a brilliant songwriter he is! Depite the small audience, he gave it everything and I was convinced that this was someone who lived for his music. This album takes me back to that night everytime I listen to it. 'This Time Isn't one of Those' is the standout for me - thoughtful, reflective and , in its beautiful conclusion 'to be loved is the best of all', truly moving and uplifting. I saw him solo supporting Buddy Miller some time later and I just got the impression that maybe he was on the brink of packing it up - I really hope and pray he hasn't - his is a major talent.

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