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Bridges by Cavo Review

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Bridges

Pavement Entertainment

Release Date:  February 23, 2018

By: Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Pure, rock. No curveballs, no flashy lights, no messing around. Just pure, unfiltered rock. Bridges, the newest album after a temporary hiatus by St. Louis’ Cavo, is this description. I’m just going to get right to the point: this album kicks ass. I could just end the review there, but this band deserves an explanation.

 

As mentioned, the band went through a four-year hiatus before writing an recording this absolute landmark of an effort. I read that the band had fifty songs and narrowed it down to twelve. If the twelve songs I listened to were the best, I can’t imagine how good the songs they didn’t release. Sweet mother of god, this band is good. The production, first of all, is exactly what I like in rock: a beautiful rawness about everything. Every track in the mix had a great sense of raw realness to it, a nice amount of grit, power, and weight. Especially the drums and the bass.

 

Going off of that, the performances were all spectacular. Andy Herrin handles the drums for Bridges, and he handles it beautifully. He has a great ear for riffs and holding the songs down. The tone from bassist Brian Smith was also a highlight, not to mention his performance. If this rhythm section was a burrito, it would be so tight you could flip it in the air and nothing would fall out. The whole band was tight, for that matter. Very rarely was the band not completely in sync, and I loved it. The guitar work by Chris Hobbs is a major highlight. His riffs weren’t just technically sound, but catchy. Even I wasn’t crazy about some of his solos, I can’t help but appreciate his stellar performance on Bridges. Finally, there’s Casey Walker on vocals. His voice gave me flashes of Chris Martin, and his work on the album was the perfect topper to an already great record.

 

It would be a crime to not mention the writing on this EP. These guys have a great voice and grasp of songwriting structure. The melodies and the riffs would make the parents from Footloose singing and dancing along. My favorites include the Franz Ferdinand/Modest Mouse-influenced “Just Like We Want It,” the sweet and tender “On Your Own” and the groovy “Traitor.”  One of the bonus tracks off of the deluxe edition, “Wreck Me” was the standout of the album for me, mainly because I didn’t expect it to be that catchy and a completely great product. It was a pleasant surprise, as I always felt that bonus tracks were the leftovers from previous recordings just good enough to make the cut.

 

I don’t think this album is perfect, but it’s damn close. A couple songs run a bit too long and could be cut a little short, the bass slapping on “Get Away” would have benefited more from straight singer picking, and the 50 second intro for “Weather Rolls” should’ve been a separate interlude. Don’t let that take away from the effort this band put out. This is pure rock, and not just pure rock, but pure good rock. This is one of the best sounding albums I’ve heard in awhile, and it makes me very glad Cavo decided to give it one more chance. Bridges is well worth the wait. It’s that good.

 

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