Arist: The Cab
Album: Symphony Soldier
Genre: Pop Rock
The Cab have always done a great job of separating themselves from the cookie-cutter, faceless legion of pop rock bands that plague social media these days. They never “keep it simple” and (shocker) their vocalist can actually sing well without the use of technology which, by today’s standards, makes them nearly deserving of idol worship. Their debut, Whisper War, was a fun release, but in my opinion felt plagued by an inner battle to conform to the industry standard. Three years later, they’ve returned with new members, a new outlook, and an even more original take on modern pop with Symphony Soldier.
Alexander DeLeon is the kind of person some guys will hate, other dudes will get along with, and every guy’s lady will swoon over. He’s got you scene 101 good looks, but beyond that, he can write and sing about love in ways that will most likely floor you or leave you cursing the skies wondering why your creativity has never reached such heights. Even on the opening track, which is generally used to usher listeners into an experience, Deleon goes above and beyond, crooning about angels with shotguns while a club ready groove, coupled with sampled chants and arena-sized drum fills, grab you by the hand and carry you far, far away from whatever worldly troubles are bothering you. You’re in DeLeon and crew’s world now, might as well sit back and let them entertain you.
Few albums grab you with such heart-warming sensibilities as
Whenever an albums opens as strong as Symphony Soldier, it’s hard to not anticipate the eventual dropoff. It could be due to filler or poor production or even simply having too many ballads, but generally speaking, any band that kicks off a record with 4-5 near perfect tracks are usually setting the listener up for a back half decline that I’d liken to driving off a cliff. However, this isn’t most albums and as anyone that has heard the record will tell you, The Cab couldn’t care less about the “popular opinion” or what the “majority” prefers. The energy and level of creativity established on the album’s opening tracks is only built upon and grown as we go deeper. From the Maroon 5-like “La La,” to the swirling violin-laced rock of “Another Me, and all the way to the end of the pitch-perfect closer “Live Louder,” The Cab take every risk they can and continually leave convention in the dust.
Three years is a long time for any band to go without releasing a record, especially in today’s hyper-active society, but I would gladly wait another three years if promised The Cab could create another record that rivals what they’ve accomplished with Symphony Soldier. All previous connections to the “scene” or any particular genre are no irrelevant as the group has emerged as one of the most diverse and universally accessible pop rock acts of the last decade. Their hooks are catchy, their style is unrivaled, and they’ve yet to release anything to could stunt their slow, but quickening rise to stardom. The future is bright and well deserved for The Cab. Well done.
Review written by: James Shotwell
Still not convinced to give this album a spin? Click below and stream the single, “Bad.”