Nothing different than before
The Cadillac Three was formed in 2011 when a different southern rock group, American Bang, disbanded and three of its members wanted to keep up their music lifestyle. Thus came The Cadillac Three, and since they released their self-titled album in 2012, they have been a staple of modern country radio. Owing their sound to modern country crooners like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, The Cadillac Three have stayed true to their sound for the last eight years, and with their new album Country Fuzz two and a half years in the making, country fans and radio have been eagerly waiting for this to release.
The album immediately kicks off with classic country sounds and instrumentation. The song titles couldn’t be any less ambiguous. “Bar Round Here” with its simple Americana vocals is literally about a bar lead singer Jaren Johnston frequents. “All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night” is about a Saturday night where everything seems to go just as planned, sung in almost a mesh of rapping and singing, backed up by a repetitive guitar riff. “Back Home” is about, well, literally everything back home. Back home, Backwoods, backbeat (which isn’t very good on this song), back porch, back seat, and of course, back down those back roads. “Blue El Camino” is, you guessed it, about a blue El Camino.
Despite uncreative song titles, the band stays true to the sound that they have crafted with their last three albums and two EPs. But that is not a good thing. Infusing their sound only minimally with something of a mix of other genres, the album could be described as alternative country, but the vocal melodies and tones are heavily modern country-based. “Hard Out Here For A Country Boy” and “Slow Rollin'” sound like country songs written by metalheads, “Dirt Road Nights” sounds like if a country band heard one Prince song and attempted to write their own twist on it, and “Jack Daniels’ Heart” could be labeled alternative rock, but the vocal tones just have too much bro-country feel.
If anything, the lyrics might just be the worst part of this album. There is zero deviation from the common themes in every poppy, radio-friendly country song released in the last decade. It can get very tiring hearing about drinking beer, going to bars and hanging out with the boys for 47 minutes. Especially when that seems to be the only thing this band has been able to sing about for nine years.
Giving the lyrics a run for their money would be the overall mixing and mastering of this album. The percussive elements are drowned out by way too loud of a guitar. While the bass sits comfortably in the mix, everything else is just all out of place. The drums do have some interesting patterns, but the kick drum and snare are not leveled properly whatsoever and seem ridiculously lopsided throughout the whole album.
Aside from everything else, the album just sounds exactly the same as their last three. This could have been recorded in 2012 and they just needed to get an album out for their label. Despite all this, the album is still popular and successful with the modern country crowd, garnering massive streaming numbers. If you’re wondering whether you should listen to this album or not, judge an album by its cover, and sit this one out.