ALBUM OF THE DAY: Mother Nature Calls-CAST-
The 2nd album by the English band Cast, released on 14 April 1997 by Polydor. It spawned four singles: "Free Me", "Guiding Star", "Live the Dream" and "I'm So Lonely".
Cast are an English indie rock band formed in Liverpool in 1992 by John Power (vocals, guitar) and Peter Wilkinson (backing vocals, bass) after Power left The La's and Wilkinson's former band Shack had split. Following early line-ups with different guitarists and drummers, Liam "Skin" Tyson (guitar) and Keith O'Neill (drums) joined Cast in 1993.
AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine was critical of Power's melodies lacking in memorability and his lyrics being "naive and [often] embarassingly simplistic" that the rest of the band can't convey it well, concluding that: "When the tunes and attitude are there, such weaknesses are easy to overlook, but since Cast comes up deficient on both counts, Mother Nature Calls is simply a dull listen."
*How rude ‼️
It’s not the best thing ever but it’s far from dull 😱*
In a retrospective review, Jamie Atkins of Record Collector said the album offered "more of the same" as its predecessor, "but considerably duller", bar the "shimmering Guiding Star, one of their better moments".