Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers, In The Time Of The Great Remembering

Hailing from the East Coast, Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers’ debut album is an impressive arsenal of songs equally inspired by Celtic roots, folk-pop and gypsy rock. Having toured coast-to-coast for the past five years has helped the band create an album that flows beautifully with Caplan’s dramatic story-telling. Caplan’s voice will take centre stage as he changes his voice to suit the song. Yes, there are some similarities to Tom Waits on songs that require that extra dose of camp (see highlights “Conduit” and “Bang To Break The Drum”) but overall his voice is closer to that of Tom Wilson’s (Junkhouse) rugged baritone. Sonically, The Casual Smokers are a blast; the core group can jump from tender ballads (“Drift Apart”) to haunting gospels (“Down To The River”) and demented rag-time blues (“Stranger”) while managing to jive with a full horn and string section. I have only listened to the album for a week and with every listen I find something more to love about it – perhaps that is the real reason to check out Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers. (Independent)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers – Official Site

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Posted on October 28, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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