CATS IN SPACE – Scarecrow

CATS IN SPACE - Scarecrow
  • 7/10
    CATS IN SPACE - Scarecrow - 7/10


Cats In Space/Cargo Records
Release date: August 25, 2017

User Review
9/10 (2 votes)

Scarecrow, the second album from Britain’s Cats In Space, has the band sounding like they left the planet around 1980 just before MTV started up and made the sort of Proggy Power Pop they play appear dated. Fans of bands like Styx, Nektar, Kansas, Asia, and Queen will be glad these Cats have returned to Earth, though, as Scarecrow is an eclectic mix of sounds reminiscent of those bands and the albums they created.

The level of musicianship is high caliber—the six members of Cats In Space are well-traveled industry vets, and their experience shows not only in the playing but the songcraft—there are some great vocal harmonies on Scarecrow, and enough variety to keep listeners who might be put off by some of the more indulgent touches.

Uptempo album opener “Jupiter Calling” is a bit of a bait and switch; it gives the impression that Cats In Space is a full-on Space Rock project, with lots of Hawkwind-esque sound effects, but it really is the only extraterrestrial experience on the album. Lead single “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” is a good intro to the bands’ humorous side, which is further explored in the next tune “Clown in Your Nightmare”. “Scars” is a classic Prog ballad, with one of the best vocal harmonies to be found on an album stacked with solid songwriting and performances.

An enjoyable album, but you’d be well advised to turn their Metal detectors off when listening to Scarecrow … because there isn’t much “metal” to be found here.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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