CD REVIEW: VIDA CAIN – Yeah Nah
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
Vida Cain enlisted Eskimo Joe fella Joel Quartermaine to produce this second album, and he’s brought a wealth of experience, a lack of fear in using unusual instrumentation and a glossy sound to the band, making the results are something all involved should be super proud of.
The Vida Cain sound is hard to define: great songwriters, great players, the foursome don’t deliver one-dimensional music at all. Think big guitars and big melodies, think radio rock with pop sensibilities, think ‘90s indie smarts and a big production – think HIT RECORD in any other decade.
Opener Ignite is kind of Janes Addiction-wonderful; Disconnected and Laura are more of straight ahead melodic rockers; Devil’s Holiday is hyper-catchy – rock enough for rockers, cool enough for hipsters; Coming On Up is a born single; Aliens again harks back to the ‘90s with a Dinosaur Jr sort of guitar line (albeit less fuzzed out) and a Jane Addiction quirkiness to it; Ol’ Man Ray has more in common with Foo Fighters than anyone else, right down to the huge chorus and funky dynamics
Inevitably Vida Cain’s sound has slightly more similarity to Eskimo Joe’s this time round, but that should be seen as more down to Quartermaine’s encouraging them to be fearless and serve the songs more, rather than anything else. The end result is a wonderfully enjoyable album full of songs you simply won’t be able to get out of your head in a hurry.
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