Monday, December 29, 2014

CD Review: The Mangoes Rev Things Up With Their Self-Titled Release

California rock band The Mangoes is the brainchild of Bret Bingham and Tim Morse. Bingham's music has appeared on MTV, E's "True Hollywood Story" and "Access Hollywood," while Tim released a couple independent progressive rock albums and became a writer for "Guitar World" and "Vintage Guitar" magazines.
 
The album was released in November and tells the story of Billy and Candy's adventures with the music business and with each other. The nineteen songs are short and concise pop gems, except for "Mango Overture/Over" which feel like a flashback to the "summer of love" with its flowing melody and gentle vocals. The songs have a light, fun feel to them as with the Latin flair of the instrumental "Samba Mambo" and jazzy rhythm of "The Future (Will Be Yours)." The Mangoes bring back the eighties with the electronic beats of "Stupid Chorus," then wear their emotions on their sleeves with the wonderful ballad "Headed For A Fall," which is one of the highlights of the album. They show a harder edge to their sound with the aggressive rocker "The Future (Will Be Ours)" and "Dirty Love," before hitting the mainstream with the pop/rock feel of "Disguise." The album closes with the grand orchestrated rock sound of "Broken Soul" and the quick punk-like fury of "The Mangoes Theme." To find out more about The Mangoes new album, please visit their Facebook page facebook.com.

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