Standing at the Edge

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It is evident by the opening vocals on Casey Stratton's debut Standing at the Edge that this classically-trained musician possesses a unique instrument. The yearning high tone of his voice distinguishes him from other singer/songwriters and at times sounds vaguely feminine, especially when he reaches skyward towards his impressive falsetto. "Macho" is not a word that describes Stratton's voice or his music, but that should hardly matter, as Standing at the Edge has much to offer anyone whose musical tastes run along the lines of Sarah McLachlan or Duncan Sheik. Stratton's introspective lyrics paint four-minute song portraits that are colored with a searching fragility in ...
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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
It is evident by the opening vocals on Casey Stratton's debut Standing at the Edge that this classically-trained musician possesses a unique instrument. The yearning high tone of his voice distinguishes him from other singer/songwriters and at times sounds vaguely feminine, especially when he reaches skyward towards his impressive falsetto. "Macho" is not a word that describes Stratton's voice or his music, but that should hardly matter, as Standing at the Edge has much to offer anyone whose musical tastes run along the lines of Sarah McLachlan or Duncan Sheik. Stratton's introspective lyrics paint four-minute song portraits that are colored with a searching fragility in which his life experiences can be viewed and pondered. However, it is a bleak picture, as most of the songs deal with failed relationships, mostly attributed to insecurity. Lines like "if I had been more confident in myself" or "I am so afraid" appear throughout the disc in various forms. Everyone faces similar feelings at times, but with all of the self-flagellation discussed it is remarkable that Stratton has made it this far in the music business. The accompanying music reflects a similar tone as his plaintive piano leads the way through the mainly mid-tempo tracks that have been flawlessly produced by Patrick Leonard Madonna, Elton John. By tapping directly into Stratton's psyche, Leonard has created a meditative atmosphere in which to host these confessionals and has built a steady base for Stratton's vulnerable voice to stand upon. When combined with his penchant for hooky pop melodies, songs like "For Reasons Unknown" and "House of Jupiter" provide shimmering moments that demand attention and radio airplay. "Blood" percolates with an alt rock feel that resembles a mellow Linkin Park track, while the sparse "Dead Sea" beautifully caps off the excellent first-half of the disc. However, the longer the disc goes, the less interesting Stratton's mini-therapy sessions are, as both the music and lyrics become tedious, and his vocal work starts to lose its allure. There is strength underneath that angelic voice and he should utilize that power with confidence rather than always sounding like he's on the brink of tears. Despite these few minor quibbles, Standing at the Edge is a solid debut and should bring widespread recognition to this talented artist. Hopefully, this success will bring about some good experiences for Casey Stratton, and the malaise that coats his songs will melt away to reveal a brighter and more confident artist.
Billboard
Although classically trained, the vibrant tapestries Casey Stratton has woven on Standing at the Edge should be called adult contemporary.... What a breathtaking debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998796225
  • Catalog Number: 87962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For Reasons Unexplained (4:23)
  2. 2 Hollow (4:26)
  3. 3 The House of Jupiter (4:45)
  4. 4 Contagious (4:13)
  5. 5 Blood (3:26)
  6. 6 The Dead Sea (4:25)
  7. 7 Harvest (4:24)
  8. 8 Past the Rain (4:11)
  9. 9 Violet Room (4:27)
  10. 10 Cellophane (4:34)
  11. 11 Bloom (4:41)
  12. 12 Ocean (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Casey Stratton Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Loops, Wurlitzer, Electric Harpsichord
Robert Adcock Cello
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Paul Bushnell Bass
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Berj Garabedian Violin
Peter Kent Violin
Patrick Leonard Keyboards
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
David Stone Bass
John Wittenberg Violin
Robert Peterson Violin
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Andrew Picken Viola
Rudy Stein Cello
Julian Hallmark Violin
Abe Laboriel Jr. Percussion, Drums
Darrin McConn Viola
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Timothy Eckert Bass
Brian Macleod Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Patrick Leonard Composer, Programming, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
David Channing Pro-Tools
Michael Perfitt Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Abe Laboriel Jr. drum programming
Casey Stratton Composer, String Arrangements
Susanne Cerha Art Direction
Brian Macleod drum programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome album

    I love this album because I can sometimes relate to some of the situations that Casey sings about in his songs. His voice is really unique and I like that. His songs may be depressing and sad but they are powerful. I hope that he makes another album because I love this one and I can't wait until he releases another one if he is going to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album I've ever bought

    I simply love Casey's cd, Standing on the Edge. Some people may say that Casey's voice is somewhat femine, but I say that Casey has the most outstanding and most unique voice I've ever heard. So, just be open minded and accept Casey's beautiful voice. I know that I'm only one person, but I say that one person can make a lot of difference. I recommend this album to anyone that's looking for something new and fresh. I hope that listeners that may think that his voice is strange may be able to think differently and possitively towards him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Standing at the Edge

    No ones cd colletion is complete without this spatacular album. Casey voice is very unique from the other voices. He's a great role model for singers such as myself I hope this was helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I totally love this cd! I can't stop listening to it! If you love Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlin, etc. you will love this album. I totally disagree with the critics who are saying it is overprocuced and the lyrics are depressing. My favorites tracks are Contagious and Ocean. I would love to hear him live!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this record!

    Casey's counter-tenor vocals may not be for everyone, but this is a fantastic, powerful pop album. Great songwriting, great singing and great producuctin (by Patrick Leonard)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    I purchased this album on a whim and boy, is it the best fouteen dollars I've spent in quite sometime. The music is like a great cup coffee should be, rich full-bodied and satisfying. The lyrics are vulnerable and naked, a refreshing and welcome change to the mass-produced pop sound of the latest blonde in a tube top. Mr. Stratton lets it all hang out here and invites the listener on a journey exploring all that it is to be human. His voice seduces the listener into a musical orgasm of sorts, leaving the listener breathless and wanting more. Here's hoping the record company continues to let him do his "thang" and surely, his future in the industry will be long just as his fans will be many.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Standing at the Edge

    I love Casey's high countertenor alto voice. I was surprised when I first heard him that he was a boy and not a girl. The song, "Bloom" made me cry because it was so beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There is nothing fresh here.

    I keep seeing all these reviews saying that Casey's music is so different and refreshing, etc, etc. The truth is, there are plenty of Tori Amoses and Sarah McLachlans running around doing this exact thing...the ONE unique thing here is that these sounds are coming out of a man. Say that he has awesome range and I point you to the Buckleys who had the largest known range belonging to a male voice. The thing about them is they still sounded MALE when singing in the upper ranges. Casey does not...he sounds out-and-out feminine and that's nothing but creepy to me. If you like Tori and Sarah, you'll probably like this, but really, there's nothing original here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Casey Stratton...AMAZING!

    Finally something fresh and unprecedented in the music world. I haven't heard anything like Casey before, which makes him a pleasure to listen to. He has a unqiue voice, somewhat haunting yet beautiful and enchanting at the same time. Casey is a prolific song writer. He reminds me of Tori Amos (Casey is awesome on the piano), Sarah Maclachlan, Bjork, and Radiohead. I'm positive you will love Casey Stratton. My fav songs are Blood, Contagious, and Bloom. Blood moves your body, contagious invokes a sense of warm nostalgia, while the pure beauty and raw emotion of Bloom will bring tears. I simply love this album, you will too.

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