Cast - All Change - Deluxe Edition
After leaving the cultural black hole that was the post-debut The La’s, John Power set about making his own mark with the jangly-guitar indie-pop of Cast. Some 15 years later their debut album, All Change, gets this deluxe, double CD reissue and the simple question is, was it worth the effort? The answer is a not so simple, Yes & No. The album itself is perfectly serviceable indie-disco fodder with the hits - ‘Alright’, ‘Sandstorm’, ‘Finetime’ and ‘Walkaway’ - being the obvious high spots. The addition of the appropriate B-Sides gives even the most casual of fans everything they could ever want but it all goes horribly wrong, however, on the bonus disc which showcases a series of home made demos. Now, when it comes to the legends of the industry, the addition of this type of demo would send the avid fan delirious with joy but this, after all, is Cast we are talking about and they, along with half a dozen live songs, add nothing of any real value or import. The best advice would be stick to the regular album and leave disc two where it belongs, safely in its case.