Reviews Matt Cameron Cavedweller

Matt Cameron

Cavedweller

Matt Cameron has long been the kind of drummer that most drummers wish they were. Seemingly able to play anything - to bounce from project-to-project with nary a blurred line. In short, Matt Cameron knows his shit. 

It would be fair to say that despite being the drummer for Pearl Jam since 1998, Cameron will forever be inexorably linked to Soundgarden. A band synonymous with both a sound and a city. So now that Soundgarden has become tragically a thing of the past, what’s a drummer to do but release a solo album?

It would easy (and lazy) to assume that Cavedweller is any kind of response to the circumstances of earlier this year, but this album has been in the works for years. Maybe even decades, with ideas gone unused in Wellwater Conspiracy and Hater.

And ideas seem to be what Cameron is full of. And like any great architect he has the skills to bring these ideas to fruition. Enlisting what was essentially David Bowie’s final backing band, Cameron sticks mainly to vocal and guitar duties and it’s on tracks like “Blind” and “Through the Ceiling” that you can hear Camerons true voice, giving promise to what’s ahead in the years to come.

Tracks like “All At Once” and “Unnecessary” shine with a glossy 70’s rock sheen that could just as easily sound at home on a Taylor Hawkins solo album. It’s the mixture of depth and levity throughout that really gives the album some weight, stamina and girth. 

8.2 / 10Kevin Fitzpatrick
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Leave a comment

Dine Alone

2017

8.2 / 10

8.2 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Recent reviews

Pinned In Place

Rubbernecking at the Gates of Hell

8.3 / 10 Pinned In Place - Rubbernecking at the Gates of Hell album cover

I’ve been debating how to describe this one for a while. Pinned in Place aren’t exactly happy campers, but compared to most of what I’ve been reviewing lately their music ...

The Smith Street Band

More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

8.2 / 10 The Smith Street Band - More Scared of You Than You Are of Me album cover

There’s something oddly humbling and comforting about listening to the Smith Street Band, it’s like they’re that hometown band you watched put on shows in garages and living rooms growing ...

Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation ft. Bosco

Big Horns EP

8.5 / 10 Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation ft. Bosco - Big Horns EP album cover

Just look at the name of this band. Any associations? Mine was: ah, Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, Killimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, must be working along the same lines. And in a way it ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.