Title - 'Casey Abrams' (Concord Music)
Artist - Casey Abrams
The benefits of major exposure on 'American Idol' can bring many things to a truly talented young artist. But itís what you do after that huge opportunity that really matters.
With his self-titled, recorded-in-London (UK) debut album on Concord Records, 21-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer Casey Abrams, may nothave won the show outright, but proves he is here to stay on this incredibly well-rounded debut album.
The CD kicks off with a song from the heart by Abrams, 'Simple Life,' and is followed by the thoughtful 'Ghosts.' The bouncy, and excellent 'Get Out' is next and truly sets this album in motion from the off. Begging for the once-woman in his life to get out of his head, it's a place we've all been and therefore can fully sing-along with!
The slower, more contemplative 'Great Bright Morning' is next, but the funky plucked vibes of 'Blame It One Me' is obviously more Abrams comfort zone musically, and so he absolutely thrives here on this track. Wow, this track leaps off the album at you, no matter where you are in the room listening in! The seductive 'Wore Out My Soul' is another beautiful song of woe, a slight running theme, but then comes the mellow trippy-funk of 'Stuck In London,' where he "lost my beard and lost my fro," supposedly!
On 'Midnight Girl,' another back-to-basics slow track, Abrams is again in his mellow stride, and actually manages to produce a song that you could swear you've known for years! Another slow songs comes in the form of 'A Boy Can Dream,' which gently skips along, before the full-out swing of 'Dry Spell.'
This wonderful, vibrant, needed debut albuim closes out with a perfectly-perfect duet of 'Hit The Road Jack' with fellow American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart.