Right from the get go, Casey Desmond’s album is full of dynamic beats and interesting vocals. It seems Desmond has taken a cue from Swedish sensation Robyn, using poppy vocals with beats as a background.
Although the sound may be familiar, it is still a fun listen. Those who prefer bass drops to fist pumps will undoubtedly sneer at these tracks. Yet, they’d still likely be caught dancing to it in their room.
Desmond’s big beats and clubby arrangements are the focal point of the album. However, her best moment is the track “Rendezvous.” Though it could still be played in a club, the track incorporates more pop elements than the rest of the album. Instead of relying on beats and scratches, the vocals are the showcase of the track.
A little past that mark, the album does get grating. You can only fist pump so many times (how does Pauly D do it?) before the songs begin to blend together. This is especially true for the final tracks, “Talking to God” and a longer, more dance infused rendition of “Rendezvous.”
That’s not to say this album is a miss, though. It is all people like about the dance genre encapsulated on one album: soaring vocals, infectious beats and lyrics that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head.
Recommended tracks: “Déjà Vu,” “Rendezvous”
Review by: Brooke Daly
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