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Album Review

Having released an album nearly every year since coming together, Vigilantes of Love show a remarkable lack of atrophy in either songcraft or musicianship. If anything, the group has learned to do more with less, leader Bill Mallonee contributing some of his most concise songs yet. "Galaxy" is a tender ballad of consolation which Mallonee sings in a weary and loveworn tone. "Stand Beside Me" may be based on a somewhat derivative riff, but "Making It Up" and "You Know That" sound like the perfect marriage of early R.E.M. and any number of good alt-country bands. With tough but engaging riffs and just enough rootsy kick to keep things grounded, Summershine is a bright light of an album.


Formed: 1990 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Like their labelmates Sonia Dada and Rusted Root, the Vigilantes of Love blended blues, gospel, folk-rock and country-rock. Formed in 1990 in Athens, Georgia, the group consisted of chief songwriter Bill Mallonee on vocals and acoustic guitars, Newton Carter on electric guitars and backing vocals, David LaBruyere on bass, and Travis Aaron McNabb on drums and percussion. Vigilantes of Love began as an acoustic duo, with just Mallonee and an accordionist; after releasing two independent albums as a...
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