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Cain Rising - 2015 Cain Rising

ARTIST: Cain Rising
ALBUM: Cain Rising
LABEL: That'll Do Records
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Cain Rising


LINEUP: Southside Jimmy - vocals * Jez Parry - bass * Jo Parry - backing vocals * Kevin Blake - guitar * Paul King - drums * Dave Baldwin - organ

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Rain * 02 Jenny, Jenny * 03 Restless * 04 Riding in Another Man's Car * 05 Days Of Wine And Roses * 06 When Johnny Walked The Line * 07 Save Me * 08 So Wrong * 09 Better Stay Home * 10 Fool * 11 Ride The Sun


It's not often, or it may even be a first that here at GDM we get to review an album featuring one of our very own. The gentleman in question being Jez Parry or just Jez as we all know him. The band in which he features is Cain Rising who's music, although played by musicians from here in the UK, deliver up a sound that anyone could be forgiven in thinking that their album has sprung from America's heartlands. With its mix of country, folk and rock, main man Southside Jimmy cites iconic American artists such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan as sonic touchstones when describing his influences and the band's sound.

The Songs
Opener 'The Rain' sets the scene for all things that follow, a fine tune that blends a meaty Hammond sound coupled with some tasty guitar playing too, topped off with with some impassioned vocals from Southside Jimmy.. excellent. 'Jenny, Jenny' is also a good time old fashioned Rock 'n' Roll song with a great chorus. Other highlights include 'The Days Of Wine And Roses' with its haunting like quality which laments days gone by and 'Better Stay Home' which reminds me of the sound of Dave Edmunds band Rockpile in places, and gallops along in fine style. My particular album favourite is the rocky 'So Wrong' with a great little solo from guitarist Kevin Blake and then we have the album closer 'Ride The Sun' with Southside Jimmy giving a heartfelt performance on vocals and the songs sparse arrangement only adding to the beauty of the track. In fact all the songs have something to offer with a real diversity and spark to each and everyone. My initial thoughts on the album had me thinking of ex Mott The Hoople man Ian Hunter's recent solo work and his foray into all things Americana. That's no bad recommendation is it? Album highlights for me are the Hammond sounds from Dave Baldwin which give the whole thing a real depth and it's not often these days you hear a Hammond organ used to such good effect.. oh and the bass player isn't bad either!

In Summary
When this dropped through my letterbox late last year, I had not heard a single note from the band, and was not sure what to expect, but boy what a pleasant surprise. Authentic Americana perfect for those summer evenings driving with the windows down, unfortunately that doesn't happen much here in the UK so I'll settle for a night in by the fire with the headphones on! The whole album has a full, rich sound with top performances from all involved. A really good album from this most promising of UK bands, I hope there's more to come from them. [word count 458]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 17 2016 03:40:53
Nice one Jez!
#2 | Nick C on January 17 2016 11:22:48
Good innit? Car on a dusty road with arm out of the window music. The missus also has a copy but won't open it so she can keep it pristine!! So we have to play mine. How sad is that? As discussed with the bass player bloke on this ... never do the seperate music collections meet. Grin
#3 | gdazegod on January 17 2016 11:41:02
You can sell it for exorbitant prices in a few decades.. lol!
#4 | Jez on June 18 2016 11:54:13
A little vid of the track 'The Rain'

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