Frankie Rose‘s career has been rather inconsistent in our eyes. The Outs were great, Interstellar even better, but Herein Wild lost us with its indulgent meandering. But funnily enough its a name like Cage Tropical that fully sums up her sound and brings her back to what we loved – possessed yet sunny-synthed pop-rock that bridges both old and new.
Opener Love In Rockets sets its own pace, a throwback gem that sets Rose up nicely before her typical gallop-of-guitar on Dyson Sphere. The hooks are alive, the melody punchy, and Rose sounds completely in her element. On lead single Trouble she’s arguably at her simplest and her best yet.
There are meanderings, of course, but they seem much more contained in this Cage Tropical. Rose takes a 5’30 detour on Dancing Down The Hall, a move that unfortunately makes the second half lose footing intermittently. It’s a shame as Rose seems more in control than ever, but next time maybe more of the Tropical and less of the Cage would benefit an artist who seems almost ready for a massive moment.