For the past twenty years or so, singer-songwriter-accordionist Angel Corpus Christi has been producing her unique sad-funny avant-pop sounds in San Francisco. DIVINE HEALER is Angel's first full-length release since her sadly overlooked major-label disc in 1995, WHITE COURTESY PHONE (on Herb Alpert's Almo label). The core band of Angel (vocals, accordion,harmonica), Rich Stim (guitar, bass, piano), Dave Mahoney (drums),and George Earth (guitar, bass) is augmented by contributions from songwriter Don Ciccone, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500 and Luna), bass player Nancy Kravitz, and behind the mixing board, Craig Leon (Ramones, Blondie, etc.), Mark Bingham (MX-80, Social Climbers,etc.), and Dave Nelson. A couple Angel faves are resurrected for all the ears who missed 'em the first time: 'Pull Girl' is a tasty piece of mutant bubblegum, like Veronica Lodge fronting Suicide, and 'Candy' is even sweeter. The Ross/Stim songwriting team also give us 'You,' 'Rock & Roll Shoes,' 'Sadder,' 'Sleepwalker,' and with help from Don Ciccone, 'I'll Say Goodbye' and 'She Said.' Also covered are 'Eve of Destruction' (P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri/Barry McGuire), 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' (Donovan), 'Home Sweet Home' (Motley Crue?!), 'I Want Everything' (original by Angel collaborator Dean Wareham's band Luna) and 'Brown Wheat' (Friedman and Recht/El Destroyo).
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