Album Review: Chains Are Broken by The Devil Makes Three
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AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Chains Are Broken could refer to the Devil Makes Three themselves, as the longtime trio have decided to make touring drummer Stefan Amidon an official member and bring him into the studio to record their first collection of original material since 2013's I'm a Stranger Here. It's a big move eclipsed by the hiring of Ted Hutt, a producer who helmed records by Dropkick Murphys, the Gaslight Anthem, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones -- rockers whose music is a far cry from the rough-and-tumble that's the Devil Makes Three's specialty. They haven't abandoned their signatures -- they still sing songs of redemption and ruin, as adept with galloping rave-ups as they are with heartache -- but Hutt helps the Devil add color to their noir, a transition that also helps the group usher in some new styles.