Yeah, for some reason Gold has really risen in my estimation. I think I might even like it more than Heartbreaker at this point, but that's probably because I'm burned out on HB--I'd never try to argue it's objectively a better album. It has some weak as fuck tracks, and I'm not sure I love his vocals on it, but the songs are so good and the production is this great, energetic classic rock sort of sound that fits those songs so well. Also, I think in my mind I sort of remember the best versions of those songs from Suicide Handbook or various sessions that used to be available on that FTP site. There was some solo piano version of Rescue Blues that is so much better than the album version. And speaking of bootlegs I think if 48 Hours had been released it would be considered a top tier album for him. Too bad it sounds like he'll never be able to release a lot of that stuff himself.
I wonder what the deal is with Mike Viola. He was a co-producer on the self-titled, looks to have recorded some tracks on this, and was touring with him until 6 months ago. Now RA has a new band and there's hardly a mention of The Shining or Viola anymore.
I went back and read this article from 2014. Dude really lays into the later iteration of the Cardinals, though I don't blame him. I think he's right that they should have stopped when Catherine Popper left. http://www.stereogum.com/1703017/qa-rya ... interview/
"I thought, ‘That looks like a nice tree, I’m going to climb that f*cking tree.’ Climbed it and sat there with my hood up for about 10 minutes." - Liam Gallagher