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The End Of An Era.,
This review is from: Beetroot (Audio CD)
Cast have always been an underrated band in my book. During the 90's they produced 3 wonderful albums and gave us some anthems and not only that they also did some excellent b-sides (remember them?). But by 1998 britpop was on its way out and with it some great bands got forgotten and disappeared. In 1999 Cast released the massively underrated "Magic Hour". It's first single "Beat Mama" reached number 9 in the UK charts but the follow up single "Magic Hour" only reached number 28 (the lowest chart position since their debut single "Fine Time" which reached number 17) and that was it, Cast disappeared and I presumed they had split up.
Years later I was surprised to find out that Cast did in fact release a 4th album, called "Beetroot". I managed to pick it up for a pound from Fopp (before they went bump) so I figured I had nothing to lose from giving it a listen.
The opening track "Desert Drought" is actually very good. It has that retro, 60's feel to it but it's all down hill from there. You see Cast fell in to the trap a lot of band do "Let's make it modern/different by producing the hell out of it!". In places I can see what they were trying to do with the whole carnival thing but it just comes across as being muddled and confusing ("And the senses being dulled are mine" as The Smiths put it) is that really what they wanted to produce? I would love to have heard John Powers acoustic demos of the tracks for this album because I bet they would have been a million times better than what came out.
Overall: 2/5 It's not completely unlistenable but it's not great. Out of all the Cast albums this is by far the weakest and the one I listen to the least.