RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

Casey Abrams – Casey Abrams
Concord Music Group


Rating: B

Casey Abrams took the country by storm with his unique style of playing the upright bass and his one of a kind look and vocal quality while a contestant on American Idol. Casey is so unique that he could be thought of as the bass playing Ian Anderson for the new generation.

His debut album contains 11 songs of quirky, original, acoustic, bass thumping, vocal gold. While the kid is not classic rock, he has the sprit and style that made our music so special in the first place. Casey mixes soft rock with jazz with reggae with his own personality.

The best songs on the album are “Simple Life,” “Ghosts,” “Dry Spell” and “Hit the Road Jack,” the latter performed with fellow Idol contestant Haley Reinhart. The best song is the tune “Stuck in London.” While stuck in London Casey eats mangos from a mango tree musically proving that this white boy has a bit of Bob Marley in his soul!

At the end of the day, there will be no head banging to this music and the truth is that your wife’s mother will think it is cute. While that is true, it is also good music and, most importantly, refreshing music. It has been a long time since a new artist was as interesting as this wannabe Rastafarian, jazz playing hippie.

By Jeb Wright