â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€ begins with â€œMy Houseâ€, a track that will immediately remind listeners of a young Elvis Costello. The bouncy, memorable arrangements that are present during this track could easily have been on â€œThis Yearâ€™s Modelâ€, and this opening track thus offers a perfect way into the rest of â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€. â€œGo Getterâ€ has a much more sultry, slinky sound that links together INXS and Lenny Kravitz into something that is catchy while still having some intellectual foundation. The varied sound that each of the tracks on â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€ showcase Cantinero as a diamond in the rough of the independent rock and pop scene. Each of the eleven cuts on â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€ cold conceivably be singles, and â€œSafeâ€ is another example of this.
The slower tempo present here may not typically be the listenersâ€™ cup of tea, but Cantineroâ€™s style here will draw listeners in, bringing his own style to hints of the Beatles, Blur, and Rufus Wainwright. â€œGoodbye Lifeâ€ starts with enormous pomp before moving into a fifties, sing-song approach that matches Hickenâ€™s vocals with a second, female set that blends in the perfect nature of songs from the aforementioned era with instrumentation that at times incorporates a current outlook. This shifting style, between the current period and the fifties, is not anything that is a major focus during the track but speaks volumes to the care that was taken into the creation of â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€. â€œSelfishâ€ continues on the same impressive path that tracks like â€œMy Houseâ€ and â€œGo Getterâ€ forged at the beginning of â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€, while having its own unique flavors and approaches that are not replicated anywhere else on this disc.
The strong strumming of the acoustic guitar that opens up â€œSelfishâ€ gives listeners some sense that Hicken is coming forth in a fundamentally different path than he has taken before. Little more is needed during â€œSelfishâ€ than a set of vocals and the guitar, and a track forms that would easily compare to the work of a Chris Cornell or a Jason Mraz, albeit with a little better set of instrumentation than those typically used in those twoâ€™s works. Without a weak track to be had during â€œBetter For The Metaphorâ€, fans of music â€“ any genre or style of it â€“ should purchase a copy of the album, and attempt to see Cantinero whenever Hicken and the rest of the act goes touring in support of the release. Simply fantastic.
Top Tracks: Medicated, Long Way Home
Cantinero – Better For The Metaphor / 2008 Tinkle Tone / 11 Tracks / http://www.cantinero.com /