Listening to the tough, blues-rocking gospel of ‘Devil Don’t Care’, it is not difficult to forget the overly sentimental side that sometimes surfaces in both country and gospel – but Steve Antry, a member of Tulsa, Oklahoma blues-rockers Joyride, remembers it and it crop up on several tracks on this album. ‘How Far Down’ has a dramatic Americana approach, with searing gospel ad libs from guest vocalist Shaun Murphy and southern rock tinges. The latter are even more evident on the remake of Leon Russell’s ‘Prince Of Peace’, originally from 1970.The renowned Anthony Gomes supplies some tough guitar work to ‘Devil Gone Fishin’’. Then there is also the lilting ballad of ‘Sending Me Angels’ and the Americana of the preachy, rootsy ‘Get Up’. On the distaff side however, ‘Always With Me’ is akin to a smooth 80s soul ballad, just a little too sweet for my taste, and both the remake of the late 50s hit ‘Special Angel’ and the mawkish ‘Borrowed Angels’ (about children who have died young) may be just too much for some.
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