Certainly THE CAUZE played a musical style not common at their home-State Texas: pure ’80s AOR. With two lead vocalists – who also handled drums and bass – the band managed to record their self-titled albums and release it through the little label USA Records International in 1987. Seems these songs were taped two years before, hence the typical mid-Eighties sound and production.
This is very classy material combining the Melodic Rock bliss of Foreigner, Journey and Aviator with some early ’80s Pomp AOR akin LeRoux, and lots, lots of keyboards / synths in the Giuffria mould. All the songs in “The Cauze” are perfect examples of these musical genres.
“Lovin’ My Life Away”, “Deeper”, “Liar”, the ballad “No Way”, all are wonderful numbers. The vocals are in the right pitch, the guitars are strong, and the ever present keyboards permeate throughout, whether they be layers or counter-melodies.
Rare to be found as black swans, “The Cauze” was released in very limited quantities and now it’s an expensive collectors item. Be careful with the unauthorized reissue by a dubious reputation label which sounds horrible. Another classic ’80s AOR album that requires a compulsory seat in your collection.
Kevin Davis – Bass, Lead Vocals
Jonathan ‘Landreth’ Teague – Drums, Lead Vocals
Jesse Ropeburn James – Guitars
Donnie Pendleton – Guitars
Jay Hamilton – Keyboards
01. Lovin’ My Life Away
03. No Way
05. Tied Up (Shackled In Love)
06. Use It Or Lose It
07. Be Good To Me
08. She’s So Cool
09. Flaming Heart
10. Walk On Water
Review by http://melodic-hardrock.com