The country music blogger for MJsBigBlog posted a detailed, song-by-song review of Casey’s debut CD. Windmills began by referencing Casey’s “strong musicianship, the Texas-based amalgamation of blues, rock, country, and soul in his musical roots” that carried him beyond his third place finish on American Idol to a recording contract with Sony Nashville’s BNA Records label.
Then each song was discussed in detail, the instrumentation, melody, lyrics, all combining to create a very well-received debut. The reviewer was partial to the likable upbeat roots rocker “The Good Life,” the “gritty, soulful vocal and a thoughtfully-chosen combination of bluesy and country guitar tones” of “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” and the “unexpected delight” of “Drive.”
Windmills was particularly impressed with some artistic risks that Casey and co-producer Chris Lindsey took with “Drive” and the strong vocals supporting the song “Workin’ On It” in which he lends “danger-laden snarl to the forward-looking optimism of the track.”
This rave review was summed up in this acknowledgement that Casey’s debut accomplished what he wanted – to make an album that didn’t sound like anyone else.
“Casey’s life experience and road dues are evident in his phrasing and tone, and his attention to guitar tones pays strong dividends in elevating the songs and forming an album that sounds like his and his alone.”
Read, enjoy and comment on the review which you can read in its entirety here.