Cast - Troubled Times
Cast - Troubled Times

Album Review

Album title
Troubled Times
Cast Recordings
Release date
5 Mar

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Playing O2 Academy on 30 Mar

Cast – Troubled Times

2/5 stars
Album review by Chris McCall.
Published 28 February 2012

Cast have never been critical darlings. Even when Britpop was at its peak they were being written off as mere trad revivalists. But this never affected their popularity, mainly thanks to John Power, a songwriter with a gift for writing radio-friendly melodies. Having split almost unnoticed in 2001, Cast return with a self-released album which attempts to pick up exactly where they left off.

The guitars all chime brightly and Power re-opens his big book of lyrical clichés. He "can't help keep holdin' on" much like he "can't help payin' the price." Even the John Leckie production can't disguise what is a strangely lifeless record. Anyone with fond memories of previous Cast hits is likely to be disappointed with these forgettable offerings. The choruses – vital to any guitar pop band – fall flat every time. Hold On Tight hints at previous glories, but there's little here to sustain even the keenest fan.

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  • Spot on. No hooks and doesn't sound like a band playing together - no groove, no feel. And apparently John Power absolutely detests most of the old Cast material anyway and only reformed the band as he couldn't even sell out the Zanzibar in Liverpool.

    Posted by Jamie | Tuesday 28 February 2012 @ 23:50

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  • which songs are those lyrics quoted even from? another poor review of a cast album, maybe if the time was actually taken to proper review albums these days people might get an insight to the actual record on offer, no problem with bad reviews once they are adequately backed up which this clearly is not .

    Posted by paul | Wednesday 29 February 2012 @ 09:36

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  • Paul, maybe if time was actually taken to proper master the English language we could articulate our thoughts, say what we really mean and save this planet from imminent collapse.

    Posted by Rick | Wednesday 29 February 2012 @ 12:45

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  • fair point dude , an early morning lapse, I apologies if it offended you in any way on your ramblings to locate such posts.
    It was probably the frustration of the review that led me to such offensive punctuation.

    Posted by paul | Wednesday 29 February 2012 @ 15:41

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