Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cactus World News - Urban Beaches (1986 | 2001 Reissue)

Cactus World News wastes no time in making a first impression on its debut album Urban Beaches. The opening track "Worlds Apart" explodes from the speakers with screeching, reverberating guitars, tumbling drums, and fervent vocals. The anthemic chorus and breathtaking energy of "Worlds Apart" will remind listeners of U2's "I Will Follow " in its feel and execution. However, despite similarities to the music of fellow Irish band U2, Urban Beaches is a smart, hypnotically melodic album bristling with youthful exuberance and sparkling musicianship. The impassioned singing of Eoin McEvoy on "Worlds Apart," "In a Whirlpool," "The Promise," and "The Bridge" is contagious; after hearing him bellow "Worlds apart, worlds apart/Closer than I've ever been/To you" a few times, listeners will find themselves mouthing the words or perhaps singing it in the shower. Frank Kearns' driving, electrifying riffs magnify the urgency in McEvoy's voice; nearly every track has thrilling, dramatic guitar playing. Urban Beaches should've been a hit in the U.S.; instead, it became a buried treasure in the cutout bins.

Urban Beaches
1986 | 2001 Reissue
Eoin McEvoy, Frank Kearns, Chris McGoldrick(b), John Doyle(b), JJ Collier(d)

Bit rate: 320kbps

Track listing:

1. "Worlds Apart" - 3:39Outstanding Track
2. "In A Whirlpool" - 3:42
3. "The Promise" - 4:59
4. "The Bridge" - 4:16Outstanding Track
5. "State Of Emergency" - 7:15
6. "Years Later" - 4:10Outstanding Track
7. "Church Of The Cold" - 3:51
8. "Pilots Of Beka" - 5:15
9. "Jigsaw Street" - 3:14
10. "Maybe This Time" - 7:12
11. "Cashen Bay Strand" - 5:08


"Worlds Apart" (Extended Version)

2001 Bonus:

12. "The Bridge" (Original version)Outstanding Track
13."The Other Extreme"
14. "Frontiers"
15. "Go Dti An Tra"
16. "Tables Overturn"
17. "State Of Emergency" (Radio Session)


"Worlds Apart" (Live at Self Aid - Dublin 1986)
"The Bridge" (Live)


  1. Hi, is there any chance for a Cactus World News re-up? I've been looking for both their albums for a while with no luck. Thanks & saludos.


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