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Artist: The Devious Angels Album: The Devious Angels Review by: Annie Reuter After a serendipitous meeting in Wyoming at Skip Ewing’s Horse and Writer Seminar, Jon Decious and “Steevie” Steeves discovered that they lived within a few blocks of each other in Nashville. Soon after, they began writing together and despite being polar opposites, Steeves a musical theater geek, and Decious, former bassist for pop-punk band the Pink Spiders, something special occurred. Both grew up in small towns where they shared a love for music. Now residing in Music City, the duo is making a name for themselves. With varied day jobs to supplement their passion for music, The Devious Angels’ self-titled debut is an adequate introduction to their talent with enough spark that is sure to ignite their own success story. The Devious Angels embodies seven standout tracks that the listener can relate to and adopt as his own. The beautiful “Fly” kicks things off with wavering Dobro and spot-on harmonies. Alternating vocals between Decious and Steeves brings to mind popular country duos like Steel Magnolia and Thompson Square while a slowed percussion beat accompanies soaring musical interludes during each chorus and the remainder of the song. Next track, “Somebody’s Somebody” has an edgier start with electric guitar elements, wailing fiddle and soulful piano. As a result, the Devious Angels grab the listener’s attention right away thanks to Steeves’ come-hither vocals. With a slight twang, her powerhouse singing style brings to mind that of Miranda Lambert. Easy to envision on the radio, the track is a crossover hit with distinct pop tendencies that put the duo in the vein with Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Emotional ballad “Life After Loving You” embodies the definition of country music. With moving string features, relatable yet heartbreaking storytelling and poignant vocals provided by both Steeves and Decious, the song strikes a chord. As the duo reminisces of a failed relationship and the hardship to get over a breakup, the pain felt is clear. The playful “WannaMakeADay” quickly switches gears with Steeves’ effervescent singing. Her voice is at the forefront of the song and grabs the listener wholeheartedly. Soaring fiddle, catchy percussion beats and quirky keyboard accompaniment further flush out the track. Once again demonstrating the band’s versatility, The Devious Angels are able to produce a tortured ballad and lighthearted number effortlessly. “Odelay” showcases Decious alone on vocals before Steeves joins in. Alternating on lead vocals, the band’s singing style hints at acts like Lady Antebellum and Thompson Square as their harmonies lead the track. While Decious’ distinct vocals embody more of a country twang than Steeves does, the duo’s voices blend meticulously. With finger-picked guitar throughout and enjoyable pedal steel accompaniment, a country and Americana vibe are present. Next track, “Easy Does It” switches gears with Steeves on lead vocals. Light fiddle accompaniment, captivating pedal steel and a steady percussion beat backup the track while Decious adds harmonies. “It’s a perfect day for a whole lotta nothing/Let’s take our time and make something of it/I’ve gotta feeling we can think of something,” Steeves sings effortlessly. The Devious Angels ends with the powerful “Coastal Carolina.” With ethereal vocals from Steeves alone at the forefront of the track before additional music enters, the band leaves a lasting mark. Though it’s only seven tracks, The Devious Angels’ self-titled debut EP (produced by RJ Stillwell and Chad Jeffers) embodies all the elements of quality country music. With relatable lyrics, spot-on harmonies, wavering banjo and Dobro accompaniment and foot- stomping rhythms, the duo will be a household name in no time. Review by Annie Reuter Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)