Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Cartel’s “Chroma” was their initial launch into success. Their self-titled album was the follow up album to that initial launch with “Chroma.” “Chroma” was more of a rock record, while that self-titled record was more of a pop record. The band’s new record “Cycles” lands right between those two records; it has lots of songs that can be considered pop songs and then there are a few rock tracks on there too. It’s hard to say which genre the band does better because they’re both skewed together and because the band records both types of songs very well. There are some solid songs on this record. The first single “Let’s Go” is outstanding. Really the first half of the record is pretty good and then it loses a lot of momentum in the second half of the record. It’s good not great and I wouldn’t say it’s as good of a rock record as their first record and I wouldn’t say it’s as good of a pop record as their second record. It just is what it is. It’s a good release, not a great one. There are definite songs to like and listen through but it lacks a lot of the charm that made the first two albums so likable.