Wednesday, April 6, 2016
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: SAM CASH & THE ROMANTIC DOGS - TONGUE-IN-CHEEK VOWS
Not all singer-songwriters have to be mellow about it, and Cash lets his Dogs loose on this set of guitar rockers. Smart lyrics a big, joyous sound to play along with, with most songs coming in at a concise, three to four minute range, sounding like an album full of singles.
Producer Ian Blurton does a stellar job on the mix, with a great big bass sound up front, lots of crunch, and great, vintage 70's/80's ambiance. The band has put together some intricate and explosive mixes, lots of imaginative tricks and fun moments that make each song a joy to follow. Those are the moments that make an album memorable, where you can't wait to play it again, to hear that little bit in one place, a favourite moment on the next, and the next.
There's the na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na lead-in vocals on You Can't Hurt Me; the elongated closing freak-out on Radio Waves; the powerful, punching bridge in That Was The Summer, so catchy a rocker that I just can't wait for June to make it this summer's theme song. Cash has already proven himself a strong writer, but on his third album and second with the Romantic Dogs, the bunch of them have made a great band album.