By: Marco Nieves
All I could muster to
say after listening to every song in Casey
Stratton's Standing At The Edge was "finally," too floored
to speak much, but too astounded not to honor this music with a
word of flattery. Casey defies the laws of singing with his malleable
voice that borders on androgyny. Not the type of androgyny that
would confuse and deter the listener that can't understand how a
man can reach these notes and still sound dauntless, but a stupefying
ability that will render one helpless and addicted to such atypical
deliverance. And it is about time.
Musically it would fall
under the category of 'piano-pop,' but in reality Standing At
The Edge oversteps all those lines. Many artists suffer from
committing the blunder of making songs that drag on to an unsteady
plane by maintaining an album's worth of monotonous and safe sounds.
Casey's music seeks what is deeper, like any artist with throbbing
veins that flow with creativity, there is an intensity behind his
words and the sinewy electricity that comes out of his throat and
into our ears. His art, a method of self-sustenance and growth,
chronicles and comes to terms with the bedlam that love can lay
upon us. Love, while being the most monumental emotion, can be an
abundant gift or utter havok, both sides blueprints of raw inspiration.
Outstanding tracks include the meteoric and lacerating Blood
about avenging past pain, the arresting Cellophane unfolding
his disappointment and heartbreak, the pleasantly catchy House
of Jupiter and Bloom, a song veiled by melancholiness
and dolorous desire to love unconditionally and forever. The album
goes on and the course keeps getting more and more colorful, fascinating
and exquisite. As a singer, he makes ravenous consequence sound
ethereal and worth the pang.
as many other artists, has suffered from the detractors that run
the music business and their goals to sell inertial artists. But
with his voice, unpretentious lyrics and intrinsic feracity, Standing
At The Edge is still remarkable as an effervescent album that
carries every tool necessary to build a forceful platoon that will
defend and establish the artist as a promising creator, a bouyant
performer and talented man.