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Reviewed by Sammy Jay Dawson

The Cattlestops: Dance In The Rain

Reviewed by Sammy Jay Dawson

The Cattlestops: Dance In The Rain

Nine years since their previous outing, The Cattlestops make up for lost time in their third record. Easy listening with its country rock heart on its sleeve, think reunion era The Eagles. The bulk of the songs are written by James Cameron (bass / vocals), with support from Andrew London (guitars / vocals). ‘Dance In The Rain’ grows with repeat listens, due no doubt to the considerable talents of bandmates; Wayne Mason (piano, organ), Ross McDermott (steel guitar) and Lance Philip on drums. An impressive line up further enhanced by guest appearances from Nick Granville (electric guitar), Colleen Trenwith on fiddle and Natalie Black’s bvs. Me And My Girl starts the disc like a long lost ’80s Americana anthem. Elsewhere the slowly-paced Little River Band-esque Everytime I Think Of You, the catchy Down To The River and the album’s bluesy title track provide highlights. Recorded by Ross McDermott at Audiosuite Studios in Paraparaumu, production credits sit with McDermott and Cameron who keep things natural and simple. The album’s resounding success is its easy accessibility, the musicians’ skill at letting good songs speak for themselves without overplaying or overproducing. Relaxed, old school and oft emotional, ‘Dancing In The Rain’ finds a veteran band rediscovering its strengths.