It’s Time! – Singles & EPs 2005-08


    Some quick facts about It’s Time!, the zippy compendium of singles and B-sides from caUSE co-MOTION!:

    • Exclamation points on the cover: 5
    • Shortest song length: 1 minute, 16 seconds
    • Longest song length: 1 minute, 45 seconds
    • Total running time: 21 minutes

    As if that hyperactive band name didn’t make it obvious enough, these dudes hit hard, and they hit fast. Their slash-and-burn approach to pop music makes the works of the Buzzcocks look baroque by comparison.

    The not-so-secret recipe? Take one smack-happy rhythm section, add one snarly rhythm guitar, plus one blissed-out, chiming lead guitar, and apply reverb generously.

    Some tasty morsels emerge. “Baby Don’t Do It” takes the torch from “What Do I Get?” and sprints off with it into the night. The guitar hook of “Take a Look” defines the band’s bratty spirit, and “Who’s Gonna Care?” might just beat the Vampire Weekend lads at their own Afropop-jacking game.

    But even with such a blistering pace, by the end of the compilation the band’s bag of tricks has gone empty. Singer Arno’s voice box is the first thing to wear out its welcome. I do not demand virtuosity or even tunefulness from my punk singers, but a little charisma couldn’t hurt this guy. Alternating between pouting and sneering about relationships just doesn’t do it for me anymore.

    So can caUSE co-MOTION! ever escape the comfortable niche that it has already mastered? That’s probably a question for another day. The 14 tracks gathered here are content to blaze for the moment, leaving only a lingering sense of whiplash behind. Ah, youth.






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