Cast – ‘Troubled Times’

Cast are just doing what they are good at: guitar-pop

Each day I find everything I do is just a waste of time”, sings Cast frontman John Power here on ‘Time Bomb’. “You don’t say!” scoff back the thousands of music snobs who still regard Cast as poster boys for all that was “wrong” with post-Oasis Britpop. No, this fifth studio album (and their first in 10 years) ain’t gonna change anyone’s mind about them, but it does contain a dozen super-straight-ahead guitar-pop songs that are bright, breezily likeable and pretty undeniably full of life.

Cast aren’t in anyone’s faces going on about “real” music anymore, so should they not just be left alone to do something that they are actually pretty good at?

Liam Cash