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Cable Street Collective: The Best of Times

Cable Street Collective album review, the best of times reviewCable Street Collective — The Best of Times

Release Date:  Feb. 16
Our Rating: 4/5
Spec Recs: “Wasted Hours,” “Two Cities”
In one word:  Bouncy

Fans of Misterwives, The Mowgli’s and The Givers, be sure to listen to Cable Street Collective‘s The Best of Times. The band’s tropical, jungle fever rings through its rhythm section while bobbing along and sailing away with smooth vocals.

The introduction starts with a radio dial switching between different stations before finally settling on the tune “Wasted Hours.” The song begins with an explosive, lively dance between the drums and bass, while the guitars duel between happy tones. The vocalist carries a strong contralto melody while the instrumentation beneath her carries the groove. “There’s nothing to do here, there’s nothing to see,” rings true to this small-town girl who had to escape to Phoenix to find culture. The bridge breaks down into a beat that resembles pop-punk or hardcore influence but at a softer tone. It breaks away from the catchy nature into an off-beat clatter, only to return to its familiar chorus.

He’s On Fire” starts with a rolling surf-sational guitar tone into repetitious drum beat banging on the quarter notes. This song resembles a hyped-up beach anthem with rolling waves and the sun beating on. The slowed-down chorus paints the image of the sun setting on the beach party until it roars into the last chorus. “Yin & Prang” starts with the same bouncy atmosphere as the previous songs, while the melody switches between the male and female vocalists. A cry of “oooohh” rings out as she sings over the chorus: “Don’t want no one but you / don’t know what I would do.” The percussive ornamentation possesses a tribal sound of congas, shakers and steel bells. The song, from beginning to end, has a feeling of jungle boogie with a love-stricken anthem.

Interlude (Feel It Fall Apart)” begins with a funky, tropical beat that moves into an organized chaotic jam session with the vocals singing with a futuristic-sounding vocal effect. Given a proper remix and extended a few more minutes, this song could easily be a party hit. “Two Cities” starts with a reference to Charles Dickens’ famous opening line from his novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” but with the band’s own twist: “It is the best of times to be at number one; it is the worst of times for all the other ninety-nine.” It’s interesting that this explores vocal alteration as well, almost as if the band had just discovered this feature after the previous four songs had already been mixed and finished. The song, overall, carries the same feel-good sensation that the album has possessed thus far: bouncy, catchy, toe-tapping, and makes you want to replay the song to discover more. At 2:46, the jam slows to a mellow finger-picking on the guitar with the chorus repeated softly. The drums come in on toms while another melody is sung over the original chorus as the song builds up to its full capacity at 4:04.

The album closes with “Can’t Take Me Under,” which ends the album on a high note. When the singer says “Me, myself, and a bottle of gin,” she has the same accent that sounds like Ed Sheeran in his song “Don’t,” and it throws me off for a bit because at this moment it’s apparent that the band is from the UK. Her accent flows out when she sing-speaks her lines, and it settles quite nicely with the upbeat banter of the instrumentation.

The Best of Times is now available on iTunes.

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