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Viagra Boys “Cave World” Album Review

Cave World

Viagra Boys

  • Genre: Punk
  • Release Date: 2022-07-08
  • Explicitness: explicit
  • Country: Sweden
  • Track Count: 12
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Following last year’s “Welfare Jazz,” the band’s third studio album, “Cave World,” paints rock’n’roll through a rose-colored glass, distorting, warping, and just plain fascinating. With an army of followers from their projects, Viagra Boys have built their reputation on the premise that they’re doing things differently.

On their soaring new album, they incorporate electronica hints, intense sax bursts, and angsty spoken-word vocals. The album “Cave World,” which has confusing lyrics, raises doubts about a variety of bizarre plots. The entire album showcases Viagra Boys’ razor-sharp humor. ‘Cave World’ sees them bounce back with another grandiose LP just a year after their last – true miracle workers.

Album Cover Art

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In a collage of different pictures, the album title can be seen spelt out in different alphabets that can be found at the top left corner of each frame. In each frame, however, there are depictions of various things of which some are actual real life issues like addictions of the internet, psychedelics and fashion, and other sad stuff like natural disasters and death. From the cover art, Viagra Boys starts readying your mind for what to expect on the full-length project.

Tracks and Features

The Viagra Boys’ explosive first track, “Baby Criminal,” opens a can of worms and sets off a flurry of musical instruments, building on their signature elements of fantastic sax and uncontrolled screaming from frontman Sebastian Murphy.

Before Viagra Boys arrogantly bounce you back to their soaring tempo, a series of calm sounds is followed by the short breakdown of exquisite textures known as “Cave Hole,” which mimics artificial sea noises. The second single from the album, “Troglodyte,” is a fast-paced song with lyrics that offer an evolutionary primer along with suggestions that modern civilization spends too much time hunched over screens. One of the album’s numerous highlights, “Troglodyte,” has Murphy’s trademark screams and grunts.

A music video with a Western theme is included with the fourth song, “Punk Rock Loser.” Punk Rock Loser, who breaks out some clumsy-looking line dancing, is of course sent out with the bang of a gun in the background. The song “Punk Rock Loser” has a subdued irony and humour to it.

On “Ain’t no thief”, the listener is thrust back into the ring of doom by this tense song; it comes out of nowhere like a punching rush of adrenaline. You should now be familiar with the album’s subject at this point. Three interludes from “Cave World”—”Cave Hole,” “Globe Earth,” and “Human Error”—bring you down to the comfort of serenity through muffled noises and sparse synth.

A further illustration of their humor is the bluesy song “Big Boy.” Although it has all the qualities you’d expect to see in an adult, the song’s flirty flow and vocal delivery give the impression just the opposite. You really can’t take a word of it seriously, as if you’re doubting the “big boy” facade, which is obviously a humorous touch that was planned. Jason Williamson, the well-known frontman for the Sleaford Mods, closes up “Big Boys” with a verse.

Viagra Boys wrap up “Cave World” with the explosive “Return To Monke,” which makes fun of modern civilization with lines like, “don’t take that vaccine man, they’ll turn you into a computer.” This record has the enormous hallmark of Viagra Boys, whose aesthetic permeates everything from top to bottom.

Tracks

NO Title Time
1 Baby Criminal 4:39
2 Cave Hole 0:39
3 Troglodyte 3:19
4 Punk Rock Loser 3:57
5 Creepy Crawlers 3:09
6 The Cognitive Trade – Off Hypothesis 3:55
7 Globe Earth 0:41
8 Ain’t No Thief 3:59
9 Big Boy 5:30
10 ADD 3:37
11 Human Error 0:29
12 Return to Monke 6:28

Album Theme

Cave World is an album bursting not merely with colour and vitality, but also with a sense of startling uneasiness that is calibrated somewhere between the passionately sexual and the terribly ominous.

Production Credits

Cave World was produced by the band’s past collaborators, Pelle Gunnerfeldt and DJ Haydn.

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