World News 'Urban Beaches' (MCA MCG 6005) * * * * *
World News don't need it. They don't need your inna big country
snide assignations. They don't need your sidelong sneers, your stadium
rock accusations, the finger wavering towards those Bono parts.
All the Cacti need are your ears, and a moment of your time, if
we have here, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is a collection
of sculptures arranged in a public park. We have the realist corner,
over there by the azaleas, wherein wanders chubby Jim Kerr, neckerchief
flapping in the breeze. We have the monolith, where we crib our
notes from Peter Gabriel. And we have the surrealists, and here
we minimalistically sit on the park bench, the one where Sylvian
where we fall in love.
World News are big money, big business, big - if you will bear with
me for just one moment - hype. Too easy for them to turn in the
expected one-layered, one-dimensional rock gospel, the one filed
so conspicuously under 'D' for debut. Too easy to take the advice
of those Older And Wiser, superficially offered, left lying like
fag ends in the plastic beakers after the signing party.
Cactus World News, it would seem, have a wisdom beyond their years.
This is an exercise in syphoning their energies into the Classic
Album. Here it sits, inspecting its fingernails. Supremely crafted,
professionally worked, dynamically arranged
balanced in output.
Just open the can, and let the worms explode.
in the furnace
it sizzles, it hisses, it roars, and then it
quietly flickers. 'State Of Emergency' wafts a charcoal pyre into
the skies, and the grey plumes spell out emotion. 'Years Later'
leaves Springsteen, red-faced, bump starting his Chevrolet. The
(so far) criminally ignored single 'Worlds Apart' bares its teeth
for a dancefloor massacre.
the knife, Cactus World News clear their throats and begin another
'Urban Beaches' is a place
for your emotions to sunbathe, from which they'll return refreshed
but with the grit still lodged between the toes. This is a holiday,
but this is no picnic. Leave no litter. Cactus World News are clean
but not sterile. And?
a butterfly flutters over the bomb site.
Linfield - Sounds magazine, May 10 1986
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