Petrol Money - Cash Cow

Monday 1st February 1999
Petrol Money - Cash Cow

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire

These seven tracks have powerful guitar riffs and wailing vocals that are belted out with feeling, though on one occasion the lyrics are recited.  Some of the songs start off in a quieter reflective mood and build to a crescendo.  This is a very atmospheric mini-album building and fading well with sudden endings that are quite effective.  These songs appear to be reflections about life, Ecclesiastes style.  Perhaps the line "you can't buy peace of mind" in the last song hints that this is about life without God.  The whole album appears to be about a searching to satisfy that feeling of emptiness. But it sounds like they have worked hard at deliberately making these lyrics obscure.  They use words like "worship", "justify" and "faith" in ways that most Christians would find quite unusual.  Yet, I found the culmination of these sometimes incomprehensible lyrics together with this powerful music interestingly potent.  The final song "Fading Light" is the clearest and in some ways the most disturbing, as it tells of the experience of waking up from a nightmare.  Though I don't feel that everyone would appreciate their poetry I found the album to be effective.

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