“The Monster In The Box” by Angus Mohr

This is a “Highland rock and roll” album at its finest. The pipes jam, the musicians are tight and the sound is powerful. From the very first track here one is drawn in to the album and it never lets loose its grip. And sometimes its nice to be grabbed by the collar and taken for a ride.

One of the things I really enjoy about Angus Mohr is that they are not afraid to expand and take a few chances. Take, for example, their rendition of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” here – a familiar tune. The band’s interpretation is unexpected, and I’ll not spoil it for you, but let’s just say it is an improvement over many that I’ve heard. “All Along The Watchtower” is another tune that the band does justice to here.

Some tracks run for a while, like “Darkness, Darkness” at just over seven minutes, while others are almost too brief, such as “The Clumsy Lover” – a smashing showcase for the pipes that I would have loved to see twice as long. Still, the band delivers what has become its own brand of blending the Celtic sound with a great rock vibe–and they do it with style and verve. You know it’s them no matter what the song.

I’ve reviewed the band before, and their CD, “The Heroic Adventures of Angus Mohr,” remains a favorite. I was pleased to have the chance to hear more from these musicians. Sometimes a band sticks in your memory, and this is one that has. If you are a fan of Highland music and love that kick you get from rock and roll, this is a don’t-miss CD to add to the collection. Hats off.

Artist: Angus Mohr
Album: The Monster In The Box

Hometown: Colorado
Similar Artists: Pink Floyd, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly

Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic Music Magazine.

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