Cash Audio

The Orange Sessions

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Known as Cash Money before legal trouble prompted a moniker switch, Cash Audio's Orange Records debut sticks with the band's tried and true noisy blues-rock formula. A stripped-down duo consisting of vocals, guitar, and drums, Cash Audio is working with a limited palette, to say the least. While Cash Audio is very much in the vein of acts like the Immortal Lee County Killers, Bantam Rooster, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (all of which have to some degree influenced the new wave of minimalist blues bands of the moment like the White Stripes and Blackeyed Snakes), the band seems to lack the fire and personality of those acts. Spencer and Rooster rely, to varying degrees, on raw sexuality as their music's source of passion, and while rock & roll doesn't always have to be about sex and drugs, it can sure spice things up in the right measure. The Orange Sessions finds the formerly combustible Cash Audio sleepwalking through soggy numbers that lack any trace of the band's former spark. When there are only three elements to the band, taking one away is a bad idea; thus, the outfit's decision to record most of the tracks sans vocals seems like a bad one. (In the exceedingly long and equally boring interview that wraps up the disc, they explain that instrumentals are "more expressive." Whatever.) In all, those already in the Cash Audio fan club will more than likely really enjoy The Orange Sessions, and those who are introduced to the band through this record will like it, too. However, those expecting anything new or exciting from the band will be disappointed to find that it's just more of the same old thing, making Cash Audio the sonic equivalent of eating Monday's leftover meatloaf on Wednesday. With any luck, they'll get their spark back by the next release.

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