Through the first spin of Soulcage's sophomore disc Soul for Sale I was more than a little perplexed. Generally, I can put my finger on a band's sound almost immediately. However, with Soul for Sale, I'm not sure where Soulcage is going. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, I suppose, as it shows they have a certain degree of creativity and unpredictability. Yet, it doesn't lend for accessibility.
After a second listen (I think) I hear fundamental melodic hard rock, but then also 80's pop melodic rock (Satellite Children, Bleeding), some post grunge alt rock (My Canvas, My Skin), or a heavier hard rock (Ride On). It's all rather a little eclectic and confusing at times. This is disappointing as the members of Soulcage are quite talented; in particular Aleski Parviainen has a strong versatile voice and Jari Homaki dominates on bass. Nevertheless, I still can't get my ears around Soul for Sale. With the possible exception of the opener, Flaming Flowers, nothing on this work really jumped out and grabbed me. Yet, I can't help but wonder what's ahead for this talented five-piece. Possibly their third effort will reach me.