Do you remember the band called Cast? Of course you do. Alright was played EVERYWHERE. And you have to know who John Power is, right? He was the bassist in the perpetually maligned band The La’s. If you don’t know that’s ok though!
Cast was a band that brought a brand of British Folk and Pop music to a really popular and easily digestible level. The history of the band started in 1992 after Power left The La’s. From there they released several albums over the years with their most popular being their debut “All Change”, released in 1995 spawning the hit “Alright” After that came ‘Mother Nature Calls” released in 1997, Magic Hour in 99’, and Beetroot in 2001. The last album proved to be their final album until they reunited in 2010 for UK only tour and released Troubled Times in 2012. And with that lets grab a cup of Coffee, put on your headphones and talk about that album. I think you’re in for a nice treat.
If you’ve made it this far then chances are you’re probably into the sound enough to give it a shot so go on and listen to one of the top songs from the album “See That Girl”.
It’s a bit of lazy journalism to only equate a song to something previously done, but I can’t help not do it. As years go by and as we turn into old farts who yell at kids to get off of their lawn we become really chilled out. So with that said think of “See that girl” as a more toned down Alright. If you’re still full of energy and thus searching for a more upbeat song (musically not lyrically) check out “Time Bomb”.
The other standout track for me is the albums title track: “Troubled Times”. As a musician I can already tell it’s live power and sad lack of power on a recording. Some songs are just destined to only exist at it’s best live. (and not a live album).
This album is wonderful in it’s “grower” appeal. If you’re wanting more of that jangle guitar sound with a solid foot stomping tempo and gigantic chorus’ we’ve come to know and love then I think this album will occupy a really nice space for you. If you’re searching for that next, I guess, Kasabian, you’ll probably not care for this. There’s no deep experiments, or bloops or bleeps to be had here. With that said the production is top notch. The song writing is stellar and does not sound like a band shaking off 10 years of cobwebs.
I do have some issues however. I don’t think there’s a defined “hit” here. Or at least one that keeps me humming along over and over.
Ultimately you’ll wonder if this album is worth the purchase and to me I want to ask at what price point. If we’re talking full store price I’d probably pass up on it but if you’re looking for something under 10 pounds, or 10 dollars american then you’re going to get a really nice new album to add to your collection. It’s nice seeing the boys return to what made them so loveable in the first place even if it lacks the mass appeal.
The thing is the masses don’t know good music anyways.