So Many Nights
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Welcome to 2008 and The Cat Empire's third album, So Many Nights. The Empire's roots are in the late night jazz clubs of Melbourne. The band is smokin' beyond belief and the party has crossed the line between mystery and light, back and forth, a few times. "So Many Nights refers to the songs," says bandleader Felix Riebl. "They're little vignettes from our travels, stories that got etched out in the back of a tour bus over the years. You get to a point, living like that, where it really gets hard to distinguish between what's happening and what's a dream." And so the strange, colourful trip unfurls from the airborne whimsy of "Panama" to the mystifying, swirling thrill of '"The Darkness".
A new freshness and energy ... as the band further explore their already expansive sound. The album still serves up plenty of the group's familiar Afro-Cuban jam -- whether it's the upbeat "Fishes" or the Latin-skank of "Radio Song" -- but So Many Nights has more to offer than that. There's a big mood shift as "No Longer There" brings some Leonard Cohen moodiness. Elsewhere, the soulful, bluesy jams of "Strong Coffee" and the title track add a new sophistication to the good-time vibe established with breakthrough single "One, Four, Five," with the title track even introducing a subtle Police feel. -- Dan Lander, Rolling Stone (Australia), October 2007.[3.5 stars]
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Tell me this is the best such band ever and I won't argue. If I were a musician I'd want to hang-up my instrument after listening to these guys cuz they're at a level I can't imagine I'd ever attain.
This album is packed with a lot of different genres, mostly around sombra, ska, and some that just can't be explained. Expect weirdness, after all it IS a Cat Empire album. My favorites from this album are the faster ones, but that's just because of my punk ska roots: Fishes, So Long, and So Many Nights but there isn't a single song on this album that I would say I didn't like. Theyre all very unique and enjoyable.
My overall impression from this album is that it is Cat Empire but more polished. To any fan of "Two Shoes" this album is an absolute must, but if you're just getting into them, start with Two Shoes and work your way into this, because after this album is different from Two Shoes, but in a good way.
What we're left with is a bit of strangeness (not so much quirkiness), and an album almost full of songs similar to Luck Song from "Cities." Old fan favorites will probably be: So Many Nights, Fishies, and Till the Ocean Takes Us All. If you're a lyric-focused person, you might find quite a few good things in this album.
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Personally, my favorite albums were the first three. Although I felt that this album was full of energy, it was different.Read more