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Album Review

Cactus World News wastes no time in making a first impression on its debut album Urban Beaches. The opening track "Worlds Apart" explodes from the speakers with screeching, reverberating guitars, tumbling drums, and fervent vocals. The anthemic chorus and breathtaking energy of "Worlds Apart" will remind listeners of U2's "I Will Follow" in its feel and execution. However, despite similarities to the music of fellow Irish band U2, Urban Beaches is a smart, hypnotically melodic album bristling with youthful exuberance and sparkling musicianship. The impassioned singing of Eoin McEvoy on "Worlds Apart," "In a Whirlpool," "The Promise," and "The Bridge" is contagious; after hearing him bellow "Worlds apart, worlds apart/Closer than I've ever been/To you" a few times, listeners will find themselves mouthing the words or perhaps singing it in the shower. Frank Kearns' driving, electrifying riffs magnify the urgency in McEvoy's voice; nearly every track has thrilling, dramatic guitar playing. Urban Beaches should've been a hit in the U.S.; instead, it became a buried treasure in the cutout bins.

Customer Reviews

A simply brilliant album

I wore out my version in the 80s. So good to find it digitally. This first album was a landmark, and if subsequent releases weren't as good and spaced VERY FAR APART, the band and the sound still resonates. Hard to pick out a best track, but "Worlds Apart", "The Bridge", "The Promise" and "Years LAter" could be the standout tracks. Some say the band were influenced by U2's sound (Bono was the producer, the record was released on the U2-owned Mothers Records label, but I don't see it. They had a much more expansive sound, and maybe in trying too many things in one album, it led some to think they had no direction. truly brilliant album - THANKS! I wish they'd released more, but that's music for you.

Biography

Formed: Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Irish band Cactus World News received a boost from one of their compatriots before they even recorded their first album. In 1985, the group sent a demo tape to Bono of U2 and he promptly brought the band into the studio to record their EP The Bridge. Formed in Dublin, Ireland, Cactus World News would've received comparisons to U2 even without Bono's connection with the group. Eoin McEvoy's moody, passionate vocals and Frank Kearns' soaring electric guitars were reminiscent of U2's early work,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1986

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