Album Review: Bryan James: Between The Devil And The Angel.

 

It’s not often that a great record slips under my radar, but when it does I make sure to acknowledge it and spread the word.  Bryan James’s new album Between the Devil and the Angel is just such a record.  It released late last year on Christmas day and as a result, likely fell under the radar for most people, but I’m here to tell you, this is not an album to sleep on.  Bryan James reminds me a lot of Jamey Johnson and if that is your wheelhouse, this album is for you.

This album clocks in at a hefty 19 tracks and runs at almost an hour and ten minutes.  However, there is not much filler here.  Every track feels like it belongs.  It kicks off with a title track that sets the tone perfectly setting up a good vs evil or angel vs devil theme that runs through the album.  The next one,  “Story Of Your Life” slows things down a bit while “If It Ain’t Broke” pokes fun at the state of country radio while respecting what came before.

One of my favorites on the album is the ballad “Best Of Your Memories”.  This song would be a radio hit if radio were playing this kind of country music these days.  Another favorite is the track “Maybe I Am” which is a good rocking country tune that may be a bit tongue in cheek.  Then you have tracks like “Bible On The Table” which continue the previously mentioned angel vs devil theme.  “Miles On My Soul” kicks off a trio of ballads that closes out the record on a somber note.

I will echo how I started here: this album isn’t one to sleep on.  If you’re a fan of modern traditional country or outlaw country, this will be for you.  Bryan James has put together a record that is heavy, but can stand up with records from the heavy hitters in the genre.  You can expect to hear his name a bit more as the buzz on this album gets around.  Between the Devil and the Angel is available everywhere digitally and hard copies are for sale at Bryan James’s Website.

Favorite Tracks : Drink A While, Best Of Your Memories, Maybe I Am, If It Ain’t Broke, Bible On the Table, Miles On My Soul

Bryan James – Between the Devil and the Angel (2017)

  1. Between the Devil and the Angel

  2. Story Of Your Life

  3. Drink A While

  4. If It Ain’t Broke

  5. Best Of Your Memories

  6. Back To Being Stoned

  7. Old Fishing Pole

  8. Like They Used To

  9. Maybe I Am

  10. The Truth

  11. More To Life

  12. Bible on the Table

  13. In Stone

  14. If You Don’t Want To

  15. The Gift

  16. Kiss Our Ass

  17. Miles On My Soul

  18. Every Now And Then

  19. I’m Not Lost

Joshua Wallace
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