Brian Molnar and the Naked Hearts | Temperance & the Devil

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Temperance & the Devil

by Brian Molnar and the Naked Hearts

This album has one foot on the solid ground of today's alt-country sound and the other in the timeless stream of the unconscious where few but the greats have dared tread.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Did What I Did
4:09 album only
2. Santa Fe
3:40 album only
3. Things We Said
3:49 album only
4. Devil Singing Backwards
3:00 album only
5. Changin' Lanes
3:34 album only
6. Angel of the Sun
4:27 album only
7. Gone in the Morning
3:47 album only
8. This Road
3:59 album only
9. Coo Coo
6:15 album only
10. Chase What Matters
4:07 album only


Album Notes
In "Temperance & The Devil," Brian Molnar & The Naked Hearts tap sonic traditions of the Americana genre that have been around almost as long as temperance has been a movement to dry up the nation and the devil has been a hooved fiend looking to steal men's souls. While the sound of this album alone is enough to make it a record in the best tradition of alternative country and folk music, to stop there would be to miss the hidden layers of Molnar's craft, just as stopping with this understanding of the title would shortchange his intent. The tarot reader knows the deeper meaning attached to the Temperance and Devil cards (the fourteenth and fifteenth Trump cards of the tarot deck): Temperance is a balancing of the forces of life and the Devil a representation of the life-energy inside of us-evil only through our own misunderstanding and misuse of it. Booze and hell-fire aren't the tarot reader's concern, nor are they Molnar's.

Like the angel on the Temperance card, Molnar and this album have one foot on the solid ground of today's alt-country sound and the other in the timeless stream of the unconscious where few but the great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson have dared tread. By dipping into that stream and lyrically exploring the balancing act of life, Molnar plants himself firmly in the chains of influence those great songwriter's have wrought.

Following up on the AMA charting and critical success of 2007's "Feelin' Out of Time," "Temperance and The Devil" includes cameo appearances from two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrel and Top-Ten AMA artists Yarn, balancing the future with the past and continuing the evolutionary chain of Americana music.



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Torchy Blaine

'Temperance and the Devil' turns the cards in Brian Molnar's favor..."
"Is the artwork on the cover of Brian Molnar and the Naked Hearts' new album, 'Temperance and the Devil' a clue of the gifted lyricist's deal with his alter-ego?

His first album, 'Feelin Out of Time' featured simple rhythms and bare-bones accompanyments which intensified its deep, insightful lyrics, tinged with overtones of isolation and an observer's attitude towards life.

This record punches it up with a driving band that surrounds and layers Molnar's more assured voice; instead of supporting or backing the vocals this band adds vivid color and lush textures that create each song's ambience. Think Townes Van Zandt lyrics with Dylan's-Gone-Electric musicians.

And Townes is a clear focus on this album, which includes a shimmering version of "Coo Coo", with Bernie Worrell's sparkling electric piano sprinkles that provide a fresh yet still respectful tone in contrast to 'Dirty' Dave Villano's heart-thumping bass lines and 'Sting' Ray Pursell's drumming-til-I-die intensity. In 'Santa Fe' (which offers a sweet surprise vocal harmony by the new Glimmer Twins: namely Blake Christiana and Trevor MacArthur of Yarn) Molnar channels the "close your eyes and you'll miss sunrise" of 'If I Needed You".

Stand-outs here are 'I Did What I Did', 'Things we Said', and the closer, 'Chase What Matters' (the legacy of "The Wonder of the Road" of album previous).

'Temperance and the Devil' turns the cards in Brian Molnar's favor..."

Radio personality Torchy Blaine WDVR FM