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Casey Abrams
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2012
It seems like I've waited forever for this album to be available in the UK. In fact, I even spent 25 days in the USA looking for it with no avail. However, at last it is here, and it's been my constant companion in the car, making my journey to work bearable each day!
Casey Abrams is the guy who I would say is responsible for making American Idol credible. So often these "talent contests" are full of divas and wannabes, but Casey was like a breath of fresh air. He seemed to influence the judges choices, and on the whole, the rest of the final 13 of season 12 were a pretty remarkable bunch! He is a real musician, playing several instruments, and doesn't look like your typical pop star with his wild beard and his mop of hair, along with his trademark plaid shorts.
After hearing his performances and his song choices on American Idol, this album was somewhat of a surprise, as most of the tracks just don't seem to fit with the "jazz" feel attributed to Casey on the show. Nevertheless, this is an interesting first album, and it seems to be constantly on repeat as I drive to work each day. It has a variety of feel-good tunes - catchy and pop-y, and a few where you can hear the "real" Casey, (but more growls would be appreciated!).
The opening track, Simple Life, was the first single from the album. It's a pretty ditty, encouraging us all to put down our laptops and iphones and opt to experience the world properly. It's a grower, and suits Casey's voice. Ghosts, the next track, is the real highlight of the album. Philip Philip's "Home" is reminiscent of this track....don't know why???? Casey's music is really uplifting, and the song builds to a sing-a-long crescendo! Get Out was Casey's next single, more upbeat and Jason Mraz-ish. Perhaps we can hear more the Casey we know in Blame It On Me with its jazzy influence. The clever lyrics of Wore Out My Soul disguise this song dedicated to a pair of shoes as a love song; what next - an ode to his plaid shorts....I'd love to hear that one! The reggae style Stuck In London makes me sad, as it makes me think Casey didn't enjoy his time in the UK  If you like your music acoustic, Midnight Girl will be one of your favourites - just Casey's soft(er) vocals and a guitar. I just love the precision of the lyrics in A Boy Can Dream, "I met her on the day of New Year's Eve..." (which is, incidentally, the day I got married!) - a lovely, gentle song, quickly followed up by the wonderful Dry Spell, which certainly wakes you up; jazzy piano and bass, a couple of grunts and growls, and some amazing vocal gymnastics. The album finishes with Casey accompanied by Haley Reinhart singing a very smooth Hit The Road Jack". I would love to have heard their version of Moanin' - these two artists were meant to duet!
In conclusion, an interesting first album, not what I expected from Casey, but definitely recommended listening. I shall watch his career with interest, as I do wonder how much he had to compromise himself in the making of this album and yet remain a credible artist.
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on 21 March 2014
I loved Casey Abrams when he was on American Idol, and although he wasn’t as dramatic a singer as other finalists, he is an accomplished musician and gifted songwriter, and this album sounds like artistry rather than the often-artificial marketingy-sounding albums that emerge from American Idol winners. This is a lovely, upbeat, funky sound, a little like Jason Mraz but with a bit of a bluesey/Jazz twist every so often. My favourites are the ones towards the end, the more jazzy ones, and his doublebass playing still gives me chills, It’s the kind of music you want to sing along to in your car on a sunny day, or to put on at the start of the evening for a relaxed dinner party. (His duet at the end with Haley Reinhart is a fabulous treat, as well - I so wish they would release a CD of Jazz/big band duets). This gets a lot of airplay in our house (with my 3 year old boy requesting Hit the Road, Jack multiple times).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2012
I loved this guy from the first time I saw him on idol and his album does not let you down in any way.
His musical talent surpasses anytng on the market today.
There is some music you like some that is good some you love and some that you feel and this album you feel if you don't feel this album then music is not in your soul :)
Simply full of awesomeness :)
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on 17 February 2013
I have to confess to watching American Idol (so much more talent than any British equivalent) and Casey caught my eye. I like his voice, some catchy songs, a real talent. Looking forward to seeing what he does next.
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on 28 April 2013
Good first album but would have liked some more blues. He changed a lot of songs on American Idol and mad them his own but it sounded a bit too pop for me.
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on 9 August 2014
Absolutely Fabulous, really great selection of feel good tunes! Would definitely recommend to anyone who would listen ;)
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on 31 March 2013
Proof that not all TV talent shows produce hum drum teeny bopper acts, a class act is Casey - I love it
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on 25 February 2015
Loved his voice and style on American Idol. Good album. Arrived promptly
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2013
We loved him on American Idol, and I bought this for my wife for our anniversary. Its a very upbeat, feel-good album & the happiness is infectious. I can only recommend this. I never would have compared him to this guy, but the comparison I would make is to jason Mraz.

Casey's great, I'm already going to buy his next album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2013
I do love Casey and his style, and the album is very good. The only thing i'll have to say is that I would have preferred a few more jazzy tunes in it, but apart from that is very good!!!
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