POZ Review: The Cab – Lock Me Up
by ALi Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Listening to The Cab’s latest release, Lock Me Up, is like seeing your best friend from high school after you’ve grown apart through the first few post-graduation years – a comforting familiarity laces the awkward interaction, and you wonder where your paths diverged. Was it when you went to college and she didn’t? Was it when you moved to another state and he stayed within 20 minutes from where you grew up? Or, in this case, was it when you realized that The Cab vocalist Alex DeLeon has resolute pop-stardom aspirations and you just can’t hop on the pop music train? Fans who latched onto The Cab during the Whisper War era, like myself, may check ‘Yes’ for that one.
Though the Las Vegas-based band has always had a knack for penning great pop-infused songs – even dating back to Whisper War, The Cab’s debut full-length – Lock Me Up comes off as an imitation, a shell of a crossover-hit record. The EP hinges on DeLeon’s extremely impressive pipes, but the music sounds stale. A voice like DeLeon’s deserves to be touted around town, but it also deserves well-crafted instrumentals to back it up and well-written lyrics to deliver.
We should applaud bands for breaking out of their genre-constrained boxes — and I do respect The Cab for putting out edgier-yet-more-mainstream music, a change from its past endeavors — but what we shouldn’t applaud is sacrificing quality for the chance at radio play. Lock Me Up is just that.