Live: Windmills Are Coming
Bix Sixteen Music
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Joel Cage is one of those artists who is difficult to categorize. He's got the powerful vocals and take charge guitar of the best rock musicians. But he also has the sensitivity and lyrical skill of many of those traveling the small venues and coffeehouses of the acoustic music circuit. Perhaps it's best to simply listen to the music and forget trying to define the man. |
Live: Windmills Are Coming is Joel Cage's first live recording. It captures much of what makes this man's talent special - his absolute ease and wizardry on guitar, and his rapport with the audience. The CD contains eight tracks which appear on his earlier recordings, and six new, previously unreleased tracks.
The recording opens with a cover of Bruce Hornsby's Lost Soul, which in Cage's hands sounds just as good, and maybe even better than it does on keyboards. Cage projects his passionate vocals over the top of his acoustic guitar. It's a powerful opener.
Food Chain is loaded with great hooks and guitar licks galore. It is pure folk rock, reminiscent of many of the best tunes of the 70's, updated for the new millenium. You'll be humming this one long after it's finished.
One of the recording's best cuts is Nobody, a flat out love song. Its lyrics make it clear that the subject of this song is so unique that no one looks like her, smiles like her, or has her sense of style. It's a wonderful tribute to a lover.
Rose is a pop rock song that simply glows with fun and style. Take a look at these lyrics: "Rose colored glasses./ Multicolored sun./ Atmosphere electric, there's a big dog on the run/ but, like a magician, deception is his game, watching for reactions at the drop of a name."
Cage also makes such well-known songs as Pete Townsend's Won't Get Fooled Again his own - a difficult feat, indeed. Cage's guitar is so good that it sounds like a room full of instruments. From the sound of the audience, captured live here, it looks like they agree!
Live: Windmills Are Coming is Cage's third solo release, and like the previous two, it is self-produced, designed and distributed by Cage, with the aid of Jay Williston. As is the case with so many artists of Cage's distinct talents, one wonders what, exactly, does it take to land a recording contract? In the meantime, do seek out Cage in the clubs and coffeehouses of New England, and on the road in or near your town. He's worth going out of your way to find.