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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 blast from the past.

This is truly one of the great lost albums of the 80's. I have waited a long time to hear these songs again. Excellent!!!!! Thanks to all involved!

At long last

One of my all time favorite albums. I've had it on vinyl since I saw the video for 'Years Later' on 120 Minutes on MTV back in '87. So awesome to finally find it here. 21 years since its release and still fresh and invigorating from the opening chords of 'Worlds Apart' to the last fade out of 'Maybe this Time'. Just hearing that shattering intro gives me chills, and takes me back to my first year of college. Anyone who ever latched hold of U2 or the Alarm would delight in discovering this lost classic, and probably wonder why the hell they never found it the first time around.

Don't Skip Buying This Record!

I remember the first time I heard this record during the mid-80's and it blew me away. Great songwriting, solid musicianship and innovative guitar work. Been waiting for a while for this record to show up on iTunes and I'm glad it's here! At the same time that the album came out, there was a single version of Worlds Apart that had on the b-side an incendiary version of The Bridge recorded at Self Aid - wish that would've been included in this release. In any case, the album still deserves 5-stars. Don't skip buying this record!


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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