It's been nearly two years since Casey James placed third on the ninth season of American Idol. Since then, James' stalwart fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of his debut CD. The wait ended March 20, 2012.
"Let's Don't Call It A Night", is the first single released from James' self-titled debut. It's been getting a lot of airplay on country radio, even with it's heavy blues influence. It's definitely one of the strongest songs on the CD.
Not to say that there are any weak tunes however, quite the contrary. While some of James' songs may sound similar in some aspects; and don't really stand out from the rest of the tracks, they're still decent and worth listening to.
A couple of stand outs, besides the debut single, are "Workin' On It", and "I Miss Your Fire".
"Workin' On It" is a playful, tongue in cheek song telling about all the things the singer doesn't have, but is working on getting. It's one of the most fun, upbeat tracks of the eleven offered on this CD.
"I Miss Your Fire", goes the opposite direction, with James singing soft, slow, and sultry.
The rest of the CD is a mix of tunes who's style fit somewhere between those two songs.
The best part about the CD is that it let's you hear Casey James' voice, and all the amazing ways he uses it in his songs. Sometimes artists are drowned out by the music; that's not the case this time.
If singing and playing weren't enough, James co-wrote nine of the eleven tracks, and also had a hand in co-producing one or two.
If you're looking for hardcore, down home country, you may be disappointed with Casey James' offering. However, if you like your country mixed with blues, and touches of various other genres, you're sure to find something you like on this CD. It's definitely a