Casey Weston – Young Heart
The Review: Enter Naples Florida vocalist Casey Weston who just released her latest eight track CD entitled “Young Heart” in 2014. On the upside, you can expect eight semi-experimental folk-pop pieces that champion high intensity and souls stirring topics canvassed against and pure yet hooky pop-rock backdrop. Some songs have an almost earthy sound to them while others deliver “catchy” folk-pop.
With “Young Heart” I discovered eight passionate clips of spot-on pop style that are sure to inspire and gravitate many listeners. CD Cover a lot of ground and all arrangements are dynamic, ethereal, cathartic, yet vintage in their own right. Ninety seconds into the first track “Play It All Again” two of the first things crossing your mind were: 1) How undeniably truthful and honest the music sounds, and 2) why the heck haven’t I heard of Casey Weston yet? But let’s not get to ahead of ourselves here. Track 1 “Play it All Again” is a great lead off track offering almost wolf in sheep’s clothing prelude leading you head first into Track 2 “waking up” and Track 3 the grooving “Graveyard.” All songs are intriguing anthems, while “Little Bit of Everything” and “Before the Sun Came Up” really capture a writer’s touch. “Never Come Back” is an intellectual affirmation that just seems to go stay with you long after the piece has run its course – because it is very powerful. The CD as a whole does a nice job at offering a wide variety of playing styles; some slow, some jumpy, some sad some really, really, really sad. All tracks are a welcomed return of good folk-pop-rock. Think of the music from Miranda Lambert that is more poppy in nature. Also present: powerful elements of today’s singer-songwriter genera. My favorite tracks are the ones that are up-beat but have a ring of raw truth to them. Weston brings a good vocal and visual appeal to the table. There are a few pics I Found of her that are quite stunning –but mostly she looks like the girl next door in a faded pair of blue jeans. Why does she keep reminding me of Scout Niblett? Bring in the combination of good playing, solid heartfelt vocals, amazing production value, and you come to understand why many are talking about Weston down in Florida. The best pieces flow and ebb so nicely with surging intensity only to quickly withdraw again into seclusion. I found this to be a very cool trait of her music. The lyrical content provides inspirational subject matter, and potent topics for today’s thinking fan. Whereas most musical production these days are like an Energy Drink. “Young Heart” is quite different in fact the music of Casey Weston is music that is good for your mind, body and soul.
Criticism: The CD itself does not appear to be made of high quality Silk Screen material as you would expect from a pro-caliber musical production. To go with this last comment I don’t get the graphic design on the actual disk either. Overall it looks very amateurish.
The Bottom Line: Taking all of this into consideration you begin to understand why Casey Weston is moving upward and making waves internationally with her music. In the end she along with all the behind the scenes folks deserve a lot of credit for bring this amazing debut release together. “Young Heart” does a marvelous job of extolling positive life energy (the good, bad and the ugly) via a strong eight track masterpiece.
Score: 4/5 Stars