Casey Abrams

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alone among the anonymous American Idol hopefuls at the beginning of season ten, Casey Abrams cut somewhat of a memorable figure -- possibly because he had the gumption to kiss judge Jennifer Lopez, possibly because behind his scruffy, friendly, hippie demeanor hid an old-fashioned, jazzy, blue-eyed soul singer. The latter is naturally emphasized on his 2012 eponymous debut for Concord Records, an album produced by American Idol's longest-serving judge, Randy Jackson. Abrams sings with a smile, never letting a grey cloud darken his blue sky --an attitude that's easier to adopt if you avoid sad songs, which he does throughout this sunny, mellow affair. It's all ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alone among the anonymous American Idol hopefuls at the beginning of season ten, Casey Abrams cut somewhat of a memorable figure -- possibly because he had the gumption to kiss judge Jennifer Lopez, possibly because behind his scruffy, friendly, hippie demeanor hid an old-fashioned, jazzy, blue-eyed soul singer. The latter is naturally emphasized on his 2012 eponymous debut for Concord Records, an album produced by American Idol's longest-serving judge, Randy Jackson. Abrams sings with a smile, never letting a grey cloud darken his blue sky --an attitude that's easier to adopt if you avoid sad songs, which he does throughout this sunny, mellow affair. It's all love songs and paeans to the wonders of a simple life, whether it's embracing a "Great Bright Morning" or eating mangos in a mango tree. Modern-day hippie that he is, Abrams peppers his cheerful ditties with throwaway references to DVRs and Wi-Fi while he eases himself into the radio-ready waters of "Get Out" and adopts a bit of co-writer Jason Mraz's sing-songy folkie jazz, but this record still feels like a wannabe throwback to the '70s, right down to the elastic blues groove of "Blame It on Me," the funkiest thing here. Over the course of an LP, what was distinctive about Abrams on AmIdol -- all the good cheer, the jazzy runs and scats, the way he leans just a little too hard into his phrases whenever he wants to seem soulful -- turn grating, but only mildly so: it's all a bit too sweet and dippy but it's hard to get mad at the amiable Abrams. It'd be like getting angry at a puppy that only wants to get pets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072336728
  • Catalog Number: 33672
  • Sales rank: 14,452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simple Life (3:36)
  2. 2 Ghosts (3:37)
  3. 3 Get Out (3:31)
  4. 4 Great Bright Morning (3:38)
  5. 5 Blame It On Me (3:33)
  6. 6 Wore Out My Soul (4:31)
  7. 7 Stuck In London (2:45)
  8. 8 Midnight Girl (3:07)
  9. 9 A Boy Can Dream (3:17)
  10. 10 Dry Spell (3:14)
  11. 11 Hit the Road Jack - Haley Reinhart (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Casey Abrams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass, Cello, Drums, Recorder, Vocals, Melodica, Double Bass, Shaker, Wurlitzer, Soloist
Larry Goldings Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Dean Parks Guitar
Andy Stochansky Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Steve Jordan Drums
Martin Terefe Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Background Vocals
Sacha Skarbek fender rhodes
Jamie Cullum Piano
Jamie Hartman Bass, Percussion
Ian Barter Flute, Guitar, Keyboards
Karl Brazil Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Kristoffer Sonne Drums
Nikolaj Torp Organ, Piano, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Ian Wilson Violin
Luke Potashnik Acoustic Guitar
Sam Keyte Hand Clapping
Haley Reinhart Vocals
Shaneeka Simon Background Vocals
Lucille Findlay Background Vocals
Alex Eichenburher Cello
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
John Burk Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Andy Stochansky Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Randy Jackson Executive Producer
Pamela Sheyne Composer
Zac Maloy Composer
Aron Friedman Composer
Steve Jordan Producer
Martin Terefe Composer, Producer
Sacha Skarbek Composer
Seth Presant Engineer
Dyre Gormsen Engineer
Jamie Hartman Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ian Barter Composer, Producer, Engineer
Casey Abrams Composer
Toby Gad Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jason Reeves Composer
Adam Cole Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Rune Westberg Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Iain Pirie Executive Producer
Jon Rezin Vocal Editing
Busbee Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Sam Keyte Engineer
Lorenzo Cosi Engineer
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