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Devious Angel

by Didi Stewart

Songs about mass shooters, mental illness, religious intolerance...and the neighbors from hell.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Wake You Up
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2. Hey World!
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3. Darkness Falls
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4. Mama Let Go
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5. A Million Tomorrows
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6. Highway to the Sky
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7. Kill the Neighbors
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8. I'll Take the Blame
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9. Words Can't Say
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10. Jesus Wept
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Album Notes
"Devious Angel" is the pop/rock extravaganza I've always wanted to make. Packed with hummable melodies and exuberant harmonies, it features the talents of a boatload of Boston's best.

Alizon Lissance clobbers the keyboards. Kevin Barry plays twenty million guitars. Bassist Richard Gates and drummer Mike Piehl hold things together with spitballs and glue. Dennis Brennan contributes his primordial howl and the Shangri-Las drop by to sing a line, pick up their checks, and split (it's actually Cassandre McKinley, Susan Cattaneo, and Ellie Marshall, but what the hey.)

Chris Rival engineered, Einstein hair blowing in the studio breeze.

So if you like crafted pop melodies and pointed lyrics, songs that reference both Bollywood and "Born to Be Wild"--or just enjoy cover photos of fully-dressed redheads riding antique merry-go-rounds--give "Devious Angel" a spin.

A little more about me, O stranger who wandered onto this page looking for Dee Dee Sharp or Dee Dee Ramone...

My first original band was Didi Stewart and the Amplifiers, signed to Kirshner Records in the eighties (I vaguely remember Don Kirshner saying I was his "new Carole King" before vanishing into the ether with his guitar-shaped swimming pool.) Next up was the fabulous seven-woman rock band Girls' Night Out, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to 60s girl groups complete with Salvation Army store minidresses, white lipstick, plastic go-go boots, and lime green fishnet stockings. A solo career followed, along with a professorial gig at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Though I love all eras of pop/rock, my heart belongs to the great songwriting bands of the 60s: Beatles, Kinks, Beach Boys, Who, Hollies, Zombies, Love, Moby Grape, Left Banke, Stones etc. etc. Not that I sound like any of them, but they're influences. I also cherish Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love, the great Dionne Warwick/Bacharach-David collaborations, and anything Girl Group.

"Fun" is the word everyone seems to associate with "Devious Angel." That's what I hope the album harks back to, in a contemporary way: the days when pop was all about memorable tunes, musical invention, and sky-high spirits. There's dark moments as well (see Album Description reference to mass shooters/mental illness) but mostly this is a perfect record to drive to, frug to, or sit and listen to from beginning to end, a little audio adventure in ten chapters.

Awards and stuff:

Two-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Female Vocalist

Musician Magazine: Best Unsigned Band (with Girls' Night Out)

Boston Magazine: Best Club Performance (An Evening of Burt Bacharach and Hal David)

Film and TV song credits: Melrose Place, Touched By an Angel, Desert Hearts, Malibu Shores, the Beast, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, Sled Dogs, and the camp classic Reform School Girls

The Boston Globe: "When Didi Stewart aims for a chorus, she shoots for the stars."



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