The Subway Recordings
By Jeremy Grand
Next time you are in the subway station and you see someone performing, pay attention for a few minutes before disregarding them as typical New Yorkers. If they are anything like Susan Cagle, they might just be the next big thing. Cagle was actually discovered this way, showcasing her talent for the mass-transit masses on the gritty and noisy platforms. She made enough of an impact to overpower the sounds of the rails and impress the record company people that were actually paying attention, and creating for her a real dreams-can-come-true fairytale.
The Subway Recordings is a compilation of Cagle’s best underground performances, complete with the always-recognizable sound of the screeching wheels of the subway cars and the constant murmur of voices in the sleepless town of Manhattan. But even those couldn’t overshadow the power and soul of the beautiful and talented folk-rock city princess, belting out gorgeous love ballads and dreamy toe-tappers.
From beginning to end, Subway entrances listeners with what she does best: performing for a crowd of sub-dwellers with a professionalism and gorgeous sound that is sometimes not even heard on an album by some of the most popular musicians. Never a sour note, never a falter or slip, the songs seem to flow through her veins like musical blood, with every note change and drum pound another beat of her heart.
The sad thing is that now that Cagle is signed, the underground performances will most likely severely dwindle, or cease to exist altogether, taking away the great free entertainment people have come to cherish. Let’s just hope there will one day be another Susan Cagle to make us forget about the shade of the nitty gritty, if only for one song.