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Of Men and Angels

The Rocket Summer

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It can be hard to keep things sounding simple and catchy while retaining an arresting edge, but Bryce Avary pulls it off on his fourth studio album on which he also played all the instruments and produced (with ample help from CJ Eiriksson). Like previous recordings, Of Men and Angels will inevitably get pegged as emo since the crux of the music falls closest to that category, but upon closer listen you can hear ‘90s indie-rock influences seeping in. Avary has stated that he digs bands like Superchunk, Archers of Loaf and Jets To Brazil, which may account for why the triumphant “Roses” opens with melodically clamorous aplomb under Avary’s high tenor, which recalls Michael Jackson in more soulful moments and Geddy Lee during the rocking parts. Of Men and Angels's title was taken from a Bible passage about the necessity of love and each song resonates with uplifting and joyous themes. “You Gotta Believe” is an impassioned power pop song that’s nearly impossible to get out of your head while “Walls” bares a balladeer who can smith a tune that’s moving without being maudlin.

Customer Reviews

Just amazing

It truly amazes me how a person can be so dedicated to their work and still maintain a down to earth personality without letting the fame get in the way. This album is a work of heart and so candid and honest. God is shining through Bryce in this album and I sincerly hope that he never loses that. Great voice, great music, great album.

Yet another great cd!!

I have been a huge fan of Bryce since his first album, when he was not as well known as he is becoming. I've been to many of his shows, and he never ceases to amaze me. Not only does he write his own music, he plays all of his instruments on his record. Who does that?!

This record "Of Men and Angels" is incredible. He ties his words together so beautifully, with melodies that can make you actually feel something. His music is real. I love every song he has ever written. This record is different than his others, but still so empowering as all of his records have been. His music can not be compared to any other musicians- it is so original and his voice is one of a kind.

I feel so proud to have been a fan of Bryce all of these years; to see him grow, and inspire so many. He has not forgotten who he is, who he plays for, and what his music is all about. I say this because it's an important part of his music "The Rocket Summer". He is just as good with a full band on his record when it's just him and his guitar. Bryce is definitely one of most the talented musicians to exist.

Congrats Bryce, for another amazing record, and to the continuing success you will get through it.

Buy this cd! If you know real talent, you won't be disappointed!

Five Stars, No-Brainer.

Bryce Avary proves with "Of Men and Angels" that he puts his heart and soul into everything he does. This music is raw, it's real. There are no words to describe this album except, "Hope". It was his hope, and it gives me hope in so many ways. I've been a Rocket Summer fan for 4 years now, and all his music has inspired me, and changed me for the better.
Give this album a try. My recommendations are, "Walls", "Of Men and Angels", "Japanese Exchange Student" and "Hills and Valleys". The entire album is worth buying though... trust me. You will not regret this purchase.
Love you, Bryce. Congratulations. After three years, this album was worth the wait.


Born: December 31, 1982 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Bryce Avary recorded and released two initial EPs before taking the Rocket Summer to stages worldwide. Avary signed with the Militia Group in 2002 and released the Calendar Days LP a short time after; a gifted songwriter and musician, he played every instrument heard on the album, debuting a lush, layered, and exuberant sound that blended alt-rock and emo influences with references to his faith. The Tim O'Heir-produced Hello, Good Friend followed in 2005. By...
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