Cabrera's set included a mix of tracks from his three albums, Take It All Away (2004), You Stand Watching (2005), and The Moon Under Water (2008). He admits that he "sometimes won't write a set list, but will forget key songs." That was not the case Tuesday night. The Foxboro audience enjoyed staples like "40 Kinds of Sadness, "Exit to Exit," "Shine On" (Cabrera's favorite to perform), "On the Way Down" (the clear crowd favorite) and Cabrera's favorite, "True."
The always entertaining Cabrera was up to his usual antics both in between, and during songs. What artist can joke about lying to an audience about every single song in a set and sing Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus, Hanson and Ke$ha, during the same song? After his guitar went out of tune, he had to cut the "You Can Call Me Al"-"Party In the USA"-"MMM Bop"-"Your Love Is My Drug" medley short, or else he "would have gone all night."
During our preshow interview, Cabrera stated that it's fun for him to play acoustic shows. He says he enjoys it when he can "strip down the songs," creating a more raw experience. He certainly did the song "Photo" justice. The stripped down version seemed so much more real and emotional. The same is true of "Rise (The Dog Barks)." Arguably the most romantic of Cabrera's songs due to the unique details of a person/relationship, the stripped down "Rise" illustrated the emotions that much more.
Fans can expect new music sometime next year. This fourth album "is like none of the other albums" and is also Cabrera's favorite so far. It's "upbeat and dance-y rock," he says and he "experimented with more beats" than other records. "It's been a process," he says. He plans to approach labels after recording is complete. For now, us fans will just have to make due with the tracks we know and love.
Having been to a few shows, Ryan Cabrera is one of the most fan-conscious artists out there. He gives his fans what they want, every single time he performs. We can only hope that the next tour will bring Cabrera back to Boston. Preferably soon. Ryan, we'll be waiting.