Casey Abrams' debut feels like smiling with an old friend
Casey Abrams album is just what any fan would expect from him and a little bit more. The self-titled debut is a mix of up tempo and relaxing jazz – all of which is easy listening. Fans will not be disappointed. Those who didn’t follow Abrams’ American Idol journey will find this a nice addition to their music collection.
“Simple Life” is probably Abrams best song on this album. An ode to making life simpler and reconnecting, this shows Abrams hippie side in a good way.
“Ghosts” is an upbeat song that showcases Abram’s sweet vocals.
“Get Out” is a pop song that seems made for radio play more so than any song on the album.
“Great Bright Morning” would be a good song to wake up to. Its positive lyrics and easy morning mood make it the perfect complement to a morning paper and some hot chocolate or a lazy morning in bed with the one that you love.
“Blame It On Me” allows Abrams to get his groove on. This song is a little faster than the other songs on the album. The way he ends phrases makes the song even better.
“Wore Out My Soul” is the quintessential Abrams’ slow, laid back style.
“Stuck In London” has the same subject as “Get Out,” but has whimsical lyrics that are reminiscent of Jack Johnson, especially the mangoes and the London Zoo parts.
“Midnight Girl” is a smooth journey into Abrams’ vocal style. He hits the high notes and shows off his range.
“A Boy Can Dream” begins with whistling and continues to with easy style. A wish fulfillment song that makes the listener wish that it was real.
“Dry Spell” is the song that you are waiting for if you want to hear Abrams’ growl. An upbeat songfest that will keep your toes tapping, this song has all the makings of a classic swing tune.
“Hit The Road Jack” – I know what you are expecting unless you have already heard the news. This, however, is not a solo song from Abrams. Reuniting with Haley Reinhart gives this song all of the elements to make it beautiful. While Abrams and Reinhart may not have been a couple, their singing styles certainly create a sound that is greater than the sum of the parts. It was a nice surprise for Haliens.
This album is true to who Abrams is. There is no electronic manipulation of his voice, and he was allowed the freedom to explore different styles without straying beyond music that goes down smooth.
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