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Album Review

In the somewhat murky world of indie films, cable movies, and short-run features, there exists the beautiful music of the Wild Colonials. The basis of their sound is folk-rock with a British Isles feel. The unforgettable feature here is the distinctive pop voice of Angela McCluskey. The songs collected here brightened scenes in Mr. Wrong, Unhook the Stars, Flirting With Disaster, and others. The Colonels' contemporary roots rock is sophisticated, featuring strong songwriting, multi-instrument arrangements, and McCluskey's dynamic lyrics. Cyndi Lauper, Dr. John, and Shudder to Think guest on this album. There are a few covers here, and it is well worth hearing their new incarnations of "Brokedown Palace" (Grateful Dead) and Muddy Waters' "Evil."


Formed: 1992 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Scottish-born singer Angela McCluskey leads this traditional folk-tinged band which also includes Shark (guitar, vocals), Paul Cantelon (violin, piano), and Scott Roewe (piano, bass, horns, whistles). After gigging in L.A., the band was finally signed by DGC, who released their debut, Fruit of Life, in 1994. Returning two...
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