mercoledì 16 dicembre 2009

Cast "Beetroot"

Più che un disco, una colossale boiata! (2001 Polydor)

Cast's fourth album starts off with a big pop bang and never lets up. "Desert Drought" is a whirling blast of horns, bongos, soulful backup vocals and John Power's reedy and wailing vocals that sounds a bit like what the Stone Roses may have done if they hadn't disappeared up their own arses. The song's message is one of positivity and hope and that feeling runs throughout the whole album especially on the sprawling and semi-epic "Jetstream". So does a sense of sonic adventurousness as each song sounds like a lot of time was spent on the small details like the surface noise on "Kingdom & Crowns", the cheesy wah-wah guitar on "I Never Can Say", the circus-like keyboards on "High Wire", the parping flute on the groovy "U-Turn". Beet Root is a really solid modern rock record; John Power's vocals are great and the songwriting is uniformly strong. Yet another case of a band doing their best work once no one cares about them anymore.If you were a fan of Cast and wrote them off you really should give them another chance. (Tim Sendra -

It's hard to believe now, but for one brief shining moment Cast were at the very centre of the pop zeitgeist. Back in the summer of 1995 their punchy brand of Liverpudlian beat music seemed to perfectly capture the spirit of Britpop. Since then, however, fashion has moved on and it's been one long slide into irrelevance for John Power and co. They acknowledge this themselves on their fourth album by adding flutes, echo effects and even hip-hop samples to their staple jangly guitar sound. Sadly it all falls rather flat and the neo-hippie lyrics don't stand up to repeated listening. To put it politely, an uninspired album. (Andrew Lynch -

- Desert Drought
- Heal Me
- Curtains
- Kingdoms and Crowns
- Giving It All Away
- Lose Myself
- I Never Can Say
- High Wire
- Meditations
- Jetstream
- U-Turn
- Universal Grinding Wheel


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