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Review: Men At Work – Cargo

Men At Work’s Cargo was the follow-up album that became a blowout success but just not on the same level as their debut. This was that platinum follow-up album which was also internationally successful. It was due to the band extensively touring the world that Cargo became a success. Columbia promoted the album heavily in Australia and New Zealand.

Settle Down is about winding and taking some responsibility in your life. The future is something you should be thinking about instead of being irresponsible.

These lyrics tell us to take responsibility.

Knuckle down and find a job and take some responsibility
Settle down, settle down my boy settle down
The future’s something you should be thinking about
Settle down, settle down my boy settle down

Here are some other lyrics which tell us to take responsibility. “Settle down, settle down my boy settle down/Stop wasting all your time with running around the town” “Look around for a wife to start a family, my boy/Listen to your father and he’ll tell you the same as me/Your words would go in one ear and out the other side/Don’t say my head was empty and I had things to hide”

Upstairs In My House is pure bittersweet nostalgia with a vibe of happiness. This is one of their deep songs that are just as good as their popular songs. The production and lyrics are

Keyboardist Greg Ham uses a reggae-ish Patois accent on Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive similar to how he used that accent on the song Down Under on their debut. Greg Ham turns into a smooth, talkative man during the song. The story of this song is very similar to the premises of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & the film The Nutty Professor.

I rate this album 4/5****.

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