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Letters In The Deep

Cadillac Sky

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Letters In the Deep makes clear that Cadillac Sky’s ambitions run far beyond those of a conventional bluegrass band. The sheer ferocity of the combo’s musical attack sets them apart from their ‘grassy peers — but it’s their tradition-bending songwriting that truly makes them distinctive. A modern note of angst runs through semi-crazed numbers like “Trapped Under The Ice,” “Bathsheeba” and “3rd Degree,” brought to life by band leader Bryan Simpson’s feverish vocal delivery and manic mandolin strums. As a unit, Cadillac Sky combines delicate virtuosity with eruptions of energy worthy of the Pogues in their prime. Nods towards the Band and American Beauty-era Grateful Dead are evident in the mixture of melancholy and delight heard in “Hangman,” “Pitiful Waltz” and “Trash Bag.” The desolate “Hypocrite” takes the bluegrass penchant for lonesome sounds to shiver-inducing heights. Balancing these moody interludes are heartfelt numbers like “Human Cannonball” and “Tired Old Phrases.”

Customer Reviews

Rare gem

I am a fan of music in general, but haven't really been a bluegrass guy. Reading some of the negative reviews, I might have avoided this one based on what "bluegrass people" think of it.

I'm glad I didn't let it influence me. If this isn't "real bluegrass", then I am now a fan of whatever kind of music this is. It is OUTSTANDING. Maybe NOT being a bluegrass purist, I was able to listen without some kind of predetermined parameters.

All I can say is give it a try even if bluegrass isn't your thing. Their originality and great musicianship make this a music lovers rare find. I don't usually get this worked up over an "unknown", but this one has me hooked.

Um, what happened?

I have been a fan of Cadillac Sky since they came out with "Blind Man Walking." They were great on that album, and I have everything they have released since then; even the Talant Show album. I am so disappointed with these guys. With this album, what happened to the great instrumentation and tight vocals? I gave it three listen throughs just because I love these guys so much. Even still, i cannot get into it or even bring myself to hear it again. This album is a mess and an insult to anything that they have previously released.

Not what you are expecting.

If you are expecting vintage cadillac sky, do not buy this album. I have been a fan for three years and have watched their evolution. I believe they are searching for their identiy and with this offering, they have not found it yet.

Biography

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Nashville-by-way-of-Texas-based bluegrass quintet Cadillac Sky are led by singer/mandolin player/guitarist/violinist Bryan Simpson and feature Matt Menefee (banjo, upright piano, drums, glockenspiel), David Mayfield (guitar, percussion), Ross Holmes (mandolin, Mellotron), and Andy "Panda" Moritz (piano, percussion, bass). The group signed to the Skaggs Family label and released its debut album, Blind Man Walking, on January 23, 2007; it made the country charts. Gravity's Our Enemy...
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