142. Audible Sigh – Vigilantes of Love
AUDIBLE SIGH (1999)
Vigilantes of Love
Another Vigilantes of Love album that Diamante was supposed to distribute, but fell through. Over my decade with the company there were four different VoL albums that I was supposed to have the pleasure of distributing and all of them never saw the light of day. This one was originally to be released through True Tunes, but it never happened, but it is the copy I own.
Wow, good like finding a song to skip here. It remains one of the most commercially viable releases in the bands history with several “Petty-ish” (and I mean that in a good way) styled pop numbers with significantly more instrumentation than almost any opther VoL project. If Petty had recorded “Goes Without Saying” it would have been a commercial success.
“Resplendent” is self defining and “She Walked On Roses” is a great groove song that college radio should have loved. the more I listen to Mallonee the more I get pissed that this guy isn’t the most decorated songwriter of his generation. There are at least a handful of songs that if were released under the name REM would be seen as some of Stipe’s finest work.
Oh well, complaining and barking at the night won’t change reality, but I do always hope the next album will finally be the one to introduce the world to Bill Mallonee. Until then I will continue to enjoy the stack of great work he has already released.