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Troubled Times [CD]

Cast Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cast Recordings
  • ASIN: B00786XWT0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bow Down
2. Troubled Thoughts
3. The Sky's Got A Gaping Hole
4. See That Girl
5. Not Afraid Of The World
6. Silver And Gold
7. Bad Waters
8. Hold On Tight
9. A Boy Like Me
10. Brother Fighting Brother
11. Time Bomb
12. Tear It Apart (All Over Again)
13. See That Girl (Rough Acoustic Attic Recording)
14. Bad Waters (Rough Acoustic Attic Recording)

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BBC Review

With today's biggest guitar bands harking back to the age of Adidas, alcopops and amphetamines, it's no great surprise that the class of 95 are getting in on the act again, and hot on the heels of Dodgy's just-about-good-enough return comes the re-emergence of some rather more central players. You heard: history may not have been awfully kind to Cast, but they were the point at which the Britpop pendulum swung from Blur to Oasis, and, although they were significantly a People's Band, they had a frontman in John Power with sufficient previous form and garrulous charm to ensure that critical fondness was never far away either. So what will they have to offer the divided-Gallaghers generation?

Well, approaching a Cast album in search of wheel reinvention was always a fool's errand, and that hasn't changed a bit, so of course Troubled Times is sincere 60s-isms a go-go. They always had a mild knack of unearthing diamonds from the retro rough, though, and that kicks in with familiar occasionalness here. The final minute of See That Girl, for example, is as splendidly psychedelic as anything they've ever done, while, excitingly, Silver and Gold wouldn't disgrace the upbeat end of Richard Hawley's canon. Best of all, Brother Fighting Brother is both a powerhouse pop song and, uncharacteristically, actually quite topical with the summer of unrest still freshly remembered.

Frankly, though, their absence hasn't exactly ironed out the problems that beset them initially. There was always a chasm between the offstage wide-eyed erudition and their frequent on-record tendency towards the prosaic, and opener Bow Down's stuck-on-repeat two-word chorus bodes very badly indeed, while a lyric like "Maybe it's gonna rain / Like never before in Spain" is barely the stuff of Ivor Novellos. Worse, the line between classicist and characterless is particularly fine, and it's all too often negotiated inexpertly here. Sure, as a pleasant, episodically excellent way to spend three-quarters of an hour, this is something of a success; but in terms of composing a manifesto for why Cast should matter to a new-millennial audience, Power struggles just that bit too much.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars britpop is back 6 Mar 2012
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cast return to the sound they do best here. not original, but it doesn't need to be when the melodies are strong. john power sometimes gets criticised for his lyrics, unfairly in my opinion. he touches on mans inhumanity to man but has no answers. but then again neither does anyone else. welcome back cast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Class of 1995 30 Mar 2012
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Remember the summer of 1995 and the sound of Britpop. .
Cast were always there but never really visible. These loveable Scousers despite multi- platinum selling albums (including the fastest selling debut album of the time) never really reached the heights they should have or deserved. 17 years on there back after some incestuous affairs on the Liverpool music scene.

Troubled Times sounds like Cast in terms of the vocals and the easily identifiable guitar work, but not in style or spirit. Yes they take from the retro sixties influence that Britpop always did, but it lacks the effervescence of their youth. This is a mature collection of songs that reflects their age and stature (These guys are in their early 40's now).

Sadly they sound like a middle aged band playing in a pub somewhere on a Tuesday night. That's not so say it's bad but the brisk optimism and infectious choruses have gone. Unfortunately you can't really recapture a scene that was so spontaneous and I don't think they are really trying to here. The wide eyes, energy, excitement are now replaced more mundane affairs and acceptance of what life is all about.

Never the less this collection of songs is heartfelt and warming and comes from a group that have gained wisdom through experience and age. The songs and tempo reflect this. When you think about it the audience are going to be ex- brit-popers who are also going to be around the late 30 or early 40 mark. So they should be able to relate.

Cast have never been critical darlings. Even when Britpop was at its peak they were being written off as mere revivalists. But this never affected their popularity, mainly thanks to John Power, a songwriter with a gift for writing radio-friendly melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 11 Mar 2013
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This I would say is Cast's best offering. Really catchy tunes and the band have got better through time. Could play over and over again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it good????? 14 Nov 2013
By Gazinho
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I am completely obsessed with Britpop and the britopo era, the 90's in general was the greatest time for British music ever as far as i'm conerned,

So for these bands such as Cast to be reuinited fills me with nothing other than joy. I am delighted for the band and it was very emotional for me to hear they were back is the album good? the answer is is tremendous. Buy it and support the band and all Britpop artists that are reformed.

I had the pleasure of drinking with John Power one night in Glasgow after his gig at King tuts, John was a down to earth guy.

I love this band!
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