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CD Review: Angwish

The Deal: Charlotte-based indie rockers release third full-length album.

The Good: For 15 tracks, the trio shows its mettle as a rock band, slightly alternative and often harmonized. The vocals of Bryan Bielanski and Rachael Malmberg are paired nicely throughout the album like a robust wine with a fine cuisine -- though Bielanski often finds time to unleash a growl or two. The lyrics can be simple, but not remedial. There's also some humor thrown in on themes ranging from the typical love and despair to the poetic. Clean production work by Rob Tavaglione at Charlotte's Catalyst Recordings should also be noted.

The Bad: Just like the EP, All the Problems, before it, the band finds schizophrenia in its music -- one moment going for an indie rock, "Throw a Party," and the next harkening the spirit of Nirvana for a heavy alt-rock feel, "And Now." Bad? Not really. While it would be nice for them to focus on one style over another, they do well in both areas.

The Verdict: A solid rock outing with moments of aggression. The CD-release party will be held on Aug. 18 at The Milestone.

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