'I thought I'd beat the critics to the punch,' Cain said when asked about the title of the new Cain's Redemption CD, abomination. 'It's hard to get love for a follow-up to a CD that was well-received. I was lucky that Howl went over as well as it did, especially for a debut CD. But when you sit down and have to start working on the next album, you know you are going to walk a very fine line between those who will criticize you for straying too far from your style and those who will criticize you for putting out the same thing again. So, I decided I wouldn't worry about pleasing anyone and called the album an abomination before anyone else had the chance.' But Cain may have jumped the gun with the self-depreciating title of the CD. Abomination still has the lush sound and sardonic lyrics of it's predecessor, but a growth spurt in musicianship has taken place as well. 'I was surprised by the performance of the singles of Howl,' he said, referring to the digital download Internet sites where Cain's Redemption was prevalent like ITunes, Napster and MusicMatch. 'I had predicted 'God Bless the Goth Girl' or 'Me and Your Garden Gnome' would have been breakaway tracks with the pop music stylings, but the more heavily layered pieces like 'The Stain' and 'Pretty Girls Shouldn't be Republicans' did just as well. I was thrilled with that, because I didn't want to just be known for the funny songs.' On abomination, Cain hasn't lost his sense of humor, although it seems to have matured a bit. Clever word play adds punch to the more aggressive, hard-rocking tracks such as 'Drive it Like You Stole it' and 'You Caught Me at a Really Bad Time.' Like the music, the lyrics show versatility in styles and lends to the melancholy of 'Impressing the Girls,' while 'Shoplifting the WWJD Bracelet' makes you laugh until you realize it isn't all that funny. And it is that legerdemain that makes abomination a respectable showing. Just try NOT to tap your foot to the frantic pace of 'Twistin! (in the wind)' before you realize it's about a suicide pact. A song called 'Cheap Porno Actor' could only generate a smile until the song actually begins and the metaphor paints the tragic picture of the emotionally disenfranchised while a bassline that sounds like a heartbeat creates a chilling atmosphere. All songs benefit from Cain's more lavish production. 'I like to make a wall of sound. You don't get a lot of that with modern recordings. But tunes like 'The Shallow End,' 'Cologne and Perfume' and 'Circumstance' wouldn't work unless there were several layers to the music. Obviously, I love lyrics, but the sound is the thing. And I wanted to give listeners a richer sound than they might normally find out there.' The CD is different, to be sure, but in this case, different is a very good thing.
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