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article imageReview: American Idol's Casey James exceptional on 'Strip It Down' album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 13, 2017 in Music
American Idol album and singer-songwriter Casey James is back with his new studio album, "Strip It Down," which he released independently.
It opens with the sassy and funky "All I Need," which is a breath of fresh air. He recruits his childhood hero, veteran roots rocker Delbert McClinton, for a special collaboration on the bluesy "Bulletproof."
"Hard Times, Heartaches & Scars" has a retro vibe to it, and it is quite autobiographical for Casey James in its lyrics. It is followed by "Hurt Me More" and the liberating "I Got to Go."
The mid-tempo "Messin' Around" has some catchy melodies to it, and he shows his spitfire side on "Strip It All Down." "Need Your Love so Bad" has a haunting vibe to it, while "Different Kind of Love" is smooth and sultry. He picks up the pace with "Supernatural" and "Killin' Myself" has a memorable groove to it. He collaborates with Texas songstress Bonnie Bishop on "Stupid Crazy" and it closes with "Fight You for the Blues," where he saves the best track for last.
The Verdict
Overall, Casey James soars on his new album Strip It Down. It features some neat bluesy tunes and some killer guitar riffs from James. Fans of blues music can't go wrong with this collection. It garners an A- rating.
Casey James chatted with Digital Journal about his new album and daughter.
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