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This review is from: Beetroot (Deluxe Cd + Dvd Edition) (Audio CD)
The 4th and final album from Cast's first period. Originally released in 2001, Beetroot doesn't really sound like traditional Cast and doesn't even sound like John's solo albums which are more stripped down. Less of a team effort though, more John and a guy that knows how to work Pro-tools.
If you listen without prejudice its a really good album. To me, its like an acoustic album on steroids, laid back grooves and catchy melodies. The album all but disappeared on release and the band disbanded on the support tour. Like a lot of people, I wasn't even aware that Cast had done a 4th album until it had been and gone. Hindsight allows us to look at albums without any hype (or lack of in this case!) and listening to Beetroot is like finding a great little secret that no one else knows about.
This issue is from Edsel (under licence from Universal) and comes in a robust hardback book style case, very smart and more durable than the standard fidgety Deluxe versions that Universal have recently issued. The full album and b-sides are here and all lyrics are included even for the b-sides which is a nice touch of detail. A DVD is included containing a new interview with John Power and the solitary promo video. As this was near the end for the band there aren't many extras. Most of the b-sides were remixes and no live performances are included, hence why the album has only 2 discs as opposed to the previous albums which have 3.
A great reissue to round off the Cast story and if you keep your ears open you'll grow to love it as much as the others.
P.S. Edsel, please send the other 3 members in the band a copy so they too can grow to love it. Maybe we'll get to hear Giving It All Away live someday.