THE CATTLESTOPS: Back to Rosetta Road
By Stu Edwards
Kapiti-based country/swing group The Cattlestops have excelled with this sophomore release. The album plays with the sheen of international quality production and overall presentation nothing short of excellent. Songwriting duties were shared between bass player James Cameron and guitarist Andrew London with the diverse range of tracks fitting together well. With a swinging groove throughout the style falls under the umbrella of country but has moments of simply great Kiwi folk writing and cool jazzy tunes. Two highlight tracks are Someone Been Pickin' On Me Blues‚ reminiscent of CCR's Born on the Bayou, and Raumati Rag‚ a guitar instrumental track showcasing guitarist London's boundless talent. Cameron's jazz sensibility shines through on It Just Happens‚ which pays homage to the late Green MP Rod Donald. The Cattlestops have achieved a worldly sound whilst still keeping it kiwi. Clocking in just under 45 minutes the album feels as the songs have been written without being forced and the result is a collection of songs that will appeal to all Kiwi music fans of all styles.