I first heard about the St. Louis, Missouri band Cavo, when they were announced as one of the second stage acts for Cruefest 2. I was relatively unimpressed by their music on myspace. I did see part of their set during Cruefest 2, and I must admit that I thought the song “Champagne” was kind of cool. This led to me checking out their debut CD, Bright Nights, Dark Days, to see if there was more quality rock worth checking out.
After my first spin of this CD, my first reaction is Cavo is not a hard rock band at all. I thought they might be a hard rock act after getting the Cruefest 2 gig. They are more of alternative rock group with a pop/rock slant. The majority of the songs on this CD could have crossover appeal, meaning the songs could turn up on different radio formats. I am just not sure how much this CD will appeal to hard rock fans.
“Champagne” is the lead off single, and unless you haven’t listened to rock radio lately, you have probably heard this song quite a few times. It is a good tune, and is a #1 hit for Cavo.
“Crash” has been released as the second single and is a pretty catchy tune that is in the vein of Daughtry.
“Let It Go” was originally featured on the Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack. It is a more mellow number and a bit too safe in my opinion. I didn’t care for this tune very much.
“Blame” is another tune that screams hit for Cavo. It is a mid tempo number, and one of the harder moments on Bright Nights, Dark Days.
Overall, Cavo has crafted a solid pop/rock album that will likely appeal to fans of bands like Saving Abel, Nickelback, and Daughtry. I wish it had a few more harder tunes for a fan like me, but I can’t deny that there are some quality tunes for mainstream rock fans to enjoy. The band will likely have a few hits on their hands before it is all said and done.
Rating: Out of 10
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3. Let It Go
4. Cry Wolf
7. My Little Secret
9. We All Fall Down
10. Over Again
Casey Walker – Vocals
Chris Hobbs – Guitars
Brian Smith – Bass
Chad LaRoy – Drums