A.A. Bondy | Folk Americana | 43 min
When a group of friends form a band straight out of high school, the results are often hit or miss. After a long, checkered history, Scott Bondy (born Auguste Arthur, or A.A. Bondy) has left behind his many projects, including his most recent project Verbena, to release his own solo work. Under the name A.A. Bondy, “When The Devil’s Loose” marks his sophomore release, and it has already received positive critical acclaim.
With a bluesy-folk sound, this down-to-earth musician started out with his self-recorded and mixed “American Hearts.” However, fans of that album might find themselves disappointed. Moving away from the solo guitar/voice/harmonica style, Bondy has transformed his work to have a broader ensemble sound, incorporating a rhythm section with piano and assorted percussion.
Despite this, the mellow, easy album is too easily forgotten; it’s the kind of thing one throws on for some good background music. Tracks like “A Slow Parade” and “False River” seem to drone on and on. It’s difficult to find anything really original here. That being said, the almost classic nature of the sound makes important contributions. Emotive lyrics and a smooth voice save this one from heading straight to the discount bin.
For those who are into the folk-indie scene, this one might be worth a listen. There are moments it just barely misses receiving a ‘country’ stamp. For everyone else, this album is just another addition to the long line that can be overlooked.
For people who like: Deer Tick, The Everybodyfields, M. Ward.