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THE CHEAP CASSETTES – ‘All Anxious, All the Time’ Album Review

THE CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious, All The Time

cheap-cassettesOpening the twelve-track album with the eponymous, All Anxious, All The Time, The Cheap Cassettes lay down their marker with some early Elvis Costello feeling (circa Watching The Detectives) The pop-punk approach is very pleasing on the ear and sets up a strong release.

My Little Twin turns up the pace a notch with a superbly dirty guitar lick intro morphing into a rocking and rolling romp. The Cheap Cassettes clearly know their stuff and the melodic Wreckless reminded me a little of Gaslight Anthem. Sieg Heil (Means I Love You) is a bass driven track with a more off kilter approach whereas Good And Shitty adds some echo to the vocals and a churning riff underpins a slow burning track.

The Cheap Cassettes rock it up somewhat on Get Low with their signature raw guitar sound and melodic vocals producing one of the standout tracks of the twelve on the album. The band have perfected a live sound with the fresh production free of overdubs and it creates an urgency and accessibility missing in many overproduced albums.

On Seconds Of Pleasure the powerful intro bleeds into a storming track lasting over four minutes and sees the band at its best. The track has some Stranglers and early Jam sound and is a corker!

Continuing that early Jam All Mod Cons vibe is Big Dumb Town and then Girlfriend channels The Plimsols and the power-pop-punk approach. Black Vinyl is a straight-up twelve bar blues rock and roller and sets up the final (bonus) track Whips And Furs. Ending the album with a blend of the rock-and-roll and pop-punk genres is a perfect way to sum up The Cheap Cassettes.

If you like the early Cars, you’ll love these guys. Get the album from Rum Bar Records here>>>