12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second studio album, the Cab steps up their game in songwriting and performance as well as in business — the Las Vegas quintet paid for every nuance of this recording, refusing to owe any money to a record label. “Angel With a Shotgun” opens with a string orchestra and vocal choir padding the foundation of a catchy power-pop tune that’s cleverly disguised as a power ballad. “Bad” tastefully flirts with R&B balladry before segueing into a festive sing-along, sounding a little like Bruno Mars — who co-wrote the following tune “Endlessly.” A sweeping serenade that overflows with sentimental boy-next-door adoration, the song sounds like it was carefully crafted for Valentine mixes and wedding reception first-dances. The Cab balances out this love jam with a playfully raunchy gem, “Animal.” Here, a Justin Timberlake inspired-vocal oozes from the chorus before the band simmers back down into “Intoxicated,” a tune that somehow successfully blends party anthem and love song importing hints of Dangerous-era Michael Jackson. The uplifting “Living Louder” closes the album strongly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With their second studio album, the Cab steps up their game in songwriting and performance as well as in business — the Las Vegas quintet paid for every nuance of this recording, refusing to owe any money to a record label. “Angel With a Shotgun” opens with a string orchestra and vocal choir padding the foundation of a catchy power-pop tune that’s cleverly disguised as a power ballad. “Bad” tastefully flirts with R&B balladry before segueing into a festive sing-along, sounding a little like Bruno Mars — who co-wrote the following tune “Endlessly.” A sweeping serenade that overflows with sentimental boy-next-door adoration, the song sounds like it was carefully crafted for Valentine mixes and wedding reception first-dances. The Cab balances out this love jam with a playfully raunchy gem, “Animal.” Here, a Justin Timberlake inspired-vocal oozes from the chorus before the band simmers back down into “Intoxicated,” a tune that somehow successfully blends party anthem and love song importing hints of Dangerous-era Michael Jackson. The uplifting “Living Louder” closes the album strongly.

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