Whereas Hot Water Music works on a volcanic structure of pressure blowing out hot lava, The Blacktop Cadence deals with cooling, slow-moving mantle. With two members of HWM – Chris on vocals and guitar, and George on drums – this effort from ’97 will be instantly recognizable to their fans: structured and sweeping melancholy. And although The Blacktop Cadence is governed by a slow pace, measured steps, and almost whispered screams, it doesn’t fit into a neat, prefigured little musical box. (No emo here.) Nor is it merely sleepy. For me, it’s perfect hangover music. Man, those dudes (and lady) are talented.
–todd (No Idea)