Careful What You Wish For

Trakwerx Records
Release date
19 Feb 2013
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Flying Ant Day 3:28 525
2 Context is Everything 3:45 196
3 Feels So Good 3:39 295
4 And Those Same Mistakes 4:23 26
5 Hands, Two, Touch 3:50 0
6 On the Fingers of One Thumb 2:54 35
7 Bluff 4:15 98
8 You Know Me Better Than I Know Myself 3:27 6,256
9 She B.C. 3:01 73
10 Down the Line 3:21 742
11 Golden Brown 4:24 4,440
12 Hurting the Ones You Love the Most 2:52 81
13 You and Who's Army 3:33 49
14 Soft Skills 2:54 88

About this album

Hot on the heels of their 2007 debut ‘Paper Wraps Rock’ (highlighted by leading British music journalist Mick Mercer as one of his albums of the year), Trakwerx is proud to give you Cult With No Name’s second helping in ‘Careful What You Wish For’.

On ‘Paper Wraps Rock’, the London duo of Erik Stein and Jon Boux sang of ‘More of the Same’, but ‘Careful What You Wish For’ is anything but. Sure, the haunting, melodic piano balladry (‘oh that’) is still in evidence on opener ‘Flying Ant Day’ (albeit in the guise of a something that sounds like a drinking song), and ‘Hands, Two, Touch’ (CWNN’s very own ‘Life on Mars’), but the majority of the album prods your ears with a variety of other influences. ‘Context is Everything’ hints at Scritti Politti, ‘Down the Line’ could be Stan Ridgway, whilst ‘You and Who’s Army’ somehow matches the mournful croon of Tony Bennett to the minimalist funk of Shriekback or ESG. And if faux-discaux is your thing, then ‘Hurting the ones you love the most’ is bound to get your ears a dancin’.

On ‘Careful What You Wish For’, Cult With No Name takes positive delight in exploiting their influences, complete with a stunning version of The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ and some quite remarkable violin from Tuxedomoon legend Blaine L. Reininger. And as if one violin wasn’t enough, ‘She B.C.’ gives you seven guitars…all at the same time, playing identically. Now who wouldn’t wish for that.

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