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Evangelicals

The Evening Descends

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[image-4]Published January 31, 2008.
Evangelicals
The Evening Descends
(Dead Oceans/Sonic Unyon)
This Oklahoma trio land like angels on acid or human dream-catchers, with vocals that stay higher longer than anybody since The Four Seasons. Echoes have a feathering effect, heightening the hallucinatory quality. Spooky keyboards take things over the top and may be too much for the overly grounded. Evangelicals seem to be expanding on a style explored on their debut a couple of years ago. It's effective in conveying the lightness of "Snowflakes," and the mind flight in "Bellawood." The frolicking of pre-meltdown Syd Barrett meets the focus of Arcade Fire in full frenzy. With this psychedelia, drugs would be overkill.

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