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Album Review

Ten years after Cast faded away in the wake of their fourth album, Beetroot, the Liverpudlian quartet reunited in 2011 for Troubled Times. Like their 1995 debut, All Change, producer John Leckie manned the decks for Troubled Times, and that's hardly where the similarities end: apart from the spacy soul verses of "Brother Fighting Brother," the album is cut from the same cloth as All Change — it's all cheerful, tuneful Merseybeat. John Power may not have much spark but he is a diligent craftsman, capable of constructing a sturdy tune and delivering it without fuss. It's workingman's pop: there's no flair, nothing flashy, but it gets the job done.

Customer Reviews

Not Bad, Not Great

I have listened to this album more than 5 times now and I have to say it is a mixed bag. Fans of the band will find some of the tracks worthy to add to their existing collection of earlier great Cast songs but new listeners might be disappointed.

All about See that girl!

See That Girl, great song, could be on All Change. The album after a few listens is very good indeed. Can't wait to see Cast live!

Is right la

At last all back toghether, Powers solo stuff was great but it lacked the magic dust of the other lads. Skins licks backed by Keiths tight percussion is a winning formula every day of the week. I just wished i pledged and never gave my money to itunes.


Formed: 1993 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

As one of the most traditional guitar bands to emerge during the Brit-pop era of the mid-'90s, Cast have weathered negative criticism from certain quarters of the media, who labeled them mere revivalists. But the criticism didn't prevent Cast from becoming a very, very popular band within Britain following the success of Oasis and Blur. Led by vocalist/guitarist John Power, Cast carved out a sound that was heavily indebted to the British Invasion of the early '60s, yet it was infused with a mystical,...
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