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Cauze, The - 1987 The Cauze

ARTIST: Cauze, The
ALBUM: The Cauze
LABEL: USA Records International
SERIAL: ARI 808197
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Jonathan Landreth Teague - drums, lead vocals * Jesse 'Ropeburn' James - guitars, lead vocals * Kevin Davis - bass * Donnie Pendleton - guitars, vocals * Jay Hamilton - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lovin' My Life Away * 02 Deeper * 03 No Way * 04 Liar * 05 Tied Up (Shacked In Love) * 06 Use It Or Lose It * 07 Be Good To Me * 08 She's So Cool * 09 Flaming Heart * 10 Walk On Water

Here's an AOR band with a difference! The Cauze, all the way from Fort Worth and the Lone Star state of Texas. The funny thing is.. there's not a cowboy boot or stetson anywhere near these boys. I've had this album for a while now, and it's taken me all this time to write a few words about this lot. It's unashamedly AOR - no two ways about it, with a nod to Idle Cure here, and a wink to China Sky there. No ZZ Top or Blackhorse in the vicinity. Strange that, because co lead-singer and drummer Jonathan Teague previously bashed the sticks for Blackhorse - but there's no Texan boogie to be found among The Cauze's silky smooth laser etched grooves. The album is good up to a point, but for me, it doesn't quite last the distance.

The Songs
The first three songs get things off to a resounding start. 'Lovin' My Life Away' is the sort of AOR bound to get the readers interested from the first listen. 'Deeper' is mid-tempo excellence where keys and guitars work in tandem, but by 'No Way' it's clear we have a great album on our hands. This track fuses Idle Cure with The Affair and the end result is near-perfect! The next track 'Liar' takes on a gritty and harder edge, but is softened by the boisterous 'Tied Up (Shackled In Love)' which brings together Donnie Iris and Michael Stanley into the same soundscape - which wouldn't be the first time in the history of AOR. 'Use It Or Lose It' is an attempt at good time rock n roll, not entirely convincing but it gets a pass mark. Much better is the Sugarcreek like approach heard on 'Be Good To Me', while it's back to that party rock n roll theme on 'She's So Cool'. The guitars and synths are fighting for top dog status on 'Flaming Heart', whereas by the time we reach 'Walk On Water' - things are reduced to slow burn status.

In Summary
The Cauze left us with a pretty good AOR album, and one that should sit in your collection despite my reservations. Not a lot has been heard from this collective in recent times, though Teague's former outfit Blackhorse seems to have new found life in 2008, with a reunion gig and a MySpace presence. Why I am excited?

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#1 | jefflynnefan on March 11 2008 23:00:26
This is a great little unknown aor album. I have a promo cd copy of this that I've had for quite sometime. I originally got it years ago because of the song 'Liar' the Russ Ballard song that Three Dog Night made famous on their classic album 'Naturally'. But over the years I grew to like all of it. It's worth getting for a aor fan.
#2 | gdazegod on March 12 2008 00:31:06
Love Jay Hamilton's keyboard rig. Gives Gregg Giuffria and Geoff Downes a run for their money!music
#3 | rocklover on March 16 2008 10:22:12
Oh fantastic band this oneclap. I love the song Lovin' my life away it's fantastic melodic rock. But hey these guys really rock goodmusic. I love this music comfort. Thanks for this great review it's fantastic.

#4 | Jemo on March 16 2008 10:58:46
This is 1 awesome aor album, the opening track is a killer song. Also the Chicagoesque 'No Way' is another highlight for me.
Not 1 bad track on the whole album music
#5 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:48:45
A very good album though still not good enough to justify the ridiculously high price tag(is any CD?) that some vendors are suggesting.

Richard B
#6 | rostoned on June 15 2008 23:19:19
Worst haircuts ever (watch the clip)??? Gosh they even challenge the horrendous mane that grows on Tommy Aldridge's skull! thumbs down
#7 | Eric on June 15 2008 23:44:11
'Gosh they even challenge the horrendous mane that grows on Tommy Aldridge's skull!'

Really laughed out loud at this comment! Lol!lollol
#8 | swazi on October 18 2011 22:09:07
Every AOR lover should own this one, although the CD version is not so easy to find these days.
#9 | gdazegod on October 18 2011 23:22:41
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#10 | kim_hp on September 08 2012 23:55:03
Put the first three tracks on this one against the first three on any other 80's AOR record, and this would stand a close winner. Pitch-perfect AOR with references to Aviator, Journey, Chicago ("No Way" ) and several other AOR heavy-weights. Considering this start the following tracks are a bit of a let-down, but not bad in any way. Most of these guys went on to play on the Zac Master "Take No Prisoners" album the following year, another decent AOR affair which included a re-recording of the track "Flaming Heart" with a different vocalist.

I have the original, mega rare USA International pressing of this CD. It's definitely one of the crown jewels in my AOR collection.
#11 | kim_hp on April 13 2013 23:37:01
Guys, check out this video I just put up of the song 'Deeper' with a collage of rare pictures and excerpts from the 'No Way' video... I think it turned out pretty cool.

YouTube Video:
#12 | super80boy on March 11 2018 19:56:31
A well rounded mid-80's AOR platter with lots of pomp moves and catchy arrangements. I've had the original CD for many years and just picked up the vinyl. The vinyl comes with a really nice insert that has a variety of band pictures.
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