Caterwaul is the musical equivalent of stomach cramp. "Killer Fish" is
what happens when you crossbreed shoegazing music with American AOR.
Very painful, very dated, very pointless.
'Chance in Hell' is upbeat, 'The River Song' and 'Dozens of Roses' are
almost ethereal. But any chance of Caterwaul reaching the ambitious
heights of mediocrity for even a few precious seconds is ruined by
embarrassingly shoddy lyrics. On Flower King, singer Betsy Martin
whines: "I see why they call you Flower King / Everyone blooms when
you pass by / Pick me for you, pick me for your Flower Queen."
It's not even a case of being so bad, it's funny. Sample lyric no. 2:
"The Chains of Love hold dear / They control me, oh they hold real
good / Oh the Chains of Love hold me / They suspend me - those
Steadfast Chains of Love." Why print the lyrics, when they are this
awful? One of the songs is called 'Melancholy Holler', which is asking
for it, really.
Dirge is too flattering a word.
by Laura Slattery