Album Review: Joey Cape – A Good Year To Forget

A Good Year To Forget is the latest release from Joey Cape, a singer-songwriter and musician possible more well known for his work with punk band Lagwagon. I’m a big Lagwagon fan but have never really ventured much into Joey’s other work but I’ve wanted to check out his solo work for a while, so I thought that A Good Year To Forget would be a good place to start!

By Jane Howkins

It’s quite a reflective album, with the songs here having some quite depressing topics (although fans of Lagwagon’s work shouldn’t be too surprised by this). Over the year the album was written Joey got divorced, caught covid, moved back into his parents house and tragically lost his father, with all of these things contributing to the songs here.

It’s a very stripped down record, with the album having an acoustic feel to it – the songs here also see Joey try his hand at some rather unexpected instruments for a punk singer, such as the piano, steel guitar and the mandolin. It’s great to hear this side of Joey’s music and he’s always been a fantastic songwriter, which really shines through on these tracks. The stripped down feel only makes the songs and their topics sound more poignant.

I particularly enjoyed The Poetry In Our Mistakes and the lovely flowing guitar that starts the track off, but the real star of the album is Joey’s vocals and his lyrics. Fans of Joey’s harder work may be a little put off by the more acoustic feel of A Good Year To Forget but stick with it and you’ll find some real treasures.