Cayetana – Nervous Like Me Album Review
I’ve made no secret on this blog that all girl Philly trio Cayetana became one of my new favourite bands as soon as I heard their Demo back in January 2013, so it’s probably no surprise that their debut full length album has been highly anticipated round at mine. In the simplest terms, Cayetana write songs that make me feel glad to be alive and I’d love to be able to write a review that makes each of you reading this want to go out and pick up the record, but I fear I’m not eloquent enough for that – all I can hope to do is make you curious enough to at least take a listen as its shaping up to be one of my albums of the year.
The album’s opening tune is Serious Things Are Stupid, and it’s a strong track; a super catchy melody, sing along vocal lines and slightly scuzzy production make you want to turn it up loud. Even just from this opening tune it’s clear that the trio have grown as a band. Their sound has developed into something warmer and more textured than their early tunes, and this becomes even more obvious on the reworked tracks; Mountain Kids and South Philly, both originally featured on that demo, now sound quite different. On both these tracks the guitar and bass have a fuller, richer sound and the drums are crisp and punchy, but its not just the production; South Philly for instance has more assured vocal delivery and reworked, more complex bass lines pushed higher into the mix – both tunes sound fantastic here and realise the potential of those more minimal versions from the demo.
It’s great to hear that scuzzy punk feel hasn’t left them on tracks like Black Hills which has a nice layer of fuzz on the guitar and a danceable rock and roll rhythm and Animal which punches in all the right places. There is a slight change of tone for the sweet and poppy Dirty Laundry which is great to sing along with and has the juiciest bass line and Scott Get The Van, I’m Moving, combines their rougher edges with another perfect pop melody and spot on vocal delivery – it gets into your head and won’t leave, even when you sing it back at full volume.
This is that rare gem, a debut album from a band with masses of potential which delivers 11 great tracks and lets you hear their continuing development together as a unit; it leaves you both satisfied and excited for what they’ll do next.