Paddy Casey: Songbook

Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 18:03


Songbook: The Best of

Paddy Casey


Singer / Songwriter

Success came relatively quickly for Paddy Casey in the late Nineties – but a decade later, so did the ubiquitous “label trouble”. Nonetheless, with four consistent albums to draw on, there’s a liberal smattering of sharp, sweet folk-pop, brass-embellished soul and radio-friendly pop-rock in the Dubliner’s canon. Songs from his debut Amen (the sparse Sweet Suburban Sky, the wheezy bounce of Whatever Gets You True) still hit the spot; the dreamy Bacharach-esque string embellishment of Addicted to Company is gorgeous, while megahit Saints and Sinners remains irritatingly infectious. Yet Casey’s penchant for over-production is palpable, while new song Out of Control is clunky and flat. Overall, it’s a mixed bag that errs on the side of agreeable.