An Angle

Album Title: We Can Breathe Under Alcohol
Release Date: May 17, 2005
Genre: Emo Folk
Singer-songwriter Kris Anaya and his band An Angle reveal a fondness for loneliness on their new album We Can Breathe Under Alcohol. While listening to the CD, there is an overwhelming sense of self to embrace, as it can bring out the most melancholy moments of your life with a happy glitch. The more upbeat songs "A Way With Words", "True Love" and "Change The World" resemble the power pop phenomenon that exists in Pete Yorn, Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie. There may be a moment of crying when you reach track eight "Whales Talk Whales Walk".

Holding the CD in your hands is just the beginning of an artistic experience. The album's artwork is simple yet poetic with a Bob Dylan-like introduction of each song. The band members hold cardboard signs with song phrases like "We beat until we burst" and "I live just above a coffee shop".

Being both sad and creative, this CD proves Anaya has established himself as an inspiring folk/rock musician. Past listeners of An Angle's first album ÖAnd Take It With a Grain of Salt have accused Anaya of sounding too much like Bright Eyes's lover boy Conor Oberst. Some of the patterns in Anaya's vocals do sound similar to Oberst's, but just because there are two folk/rock boys playing guitar and writing beautiful lyrics doesn't mean one is a carbon copy. Let's just accept Bright Eyes finally has respectable competition.

Writer: Mindi St. Amand

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