Saturday, July 17, 2010

CD Review: Casey Neill Says "Goodbye To The Rank And File"

The acoustic folk sounds of singer/songwriter Casey Neill draw similarities to Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band, but Casey expands upon that with his hard to resist pop lyrics and soothing voice. On Casey Neill's new album, "Goodbye To The Rank And File" it is his band The Norway Rats that energizes his lyrics.

The album's lead off track "All Summer Glory" pulls you into Neill's world of acoustics and storytelling. The intensity of the song "When The World Was Young" is picked-up by the clashing combination of strings and drums. But, Neill's vocals shine bright on the gentle ballads of "Ouroboros" and "Idyll." The song "Guttered" sounds like a missed opportunity for Johnny Cash to cover, while pop lyrics of "She Floated Away" and country rocker "This Year Was A Blur" finds Casey Neill vocals easily compared to that of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. But Casey Neill and The Norway Rats find their comfort zone on "Night Owl And The Skylark" written about Joe Strummer' death and the album closer "Stonewall."

The new album "Goodbye To The Rank And File" was released early this year on In Music We Trust Records and is available on the band's website (

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