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ALBUM REVIEW

Casey Hubble
BIPOLAR SIX-STRING
©2011 Independently released
MTM261602
Review by Lucky Boyd
Co-Founder, MyTexasMusic.com

$13.99

In the interest of time, I started listening to this disc on the road.  Without the album packaging in hand, I got only the auditory experience at first.  About halfway through this album for the first time, a thought entered my mind.  I was thinking how wonderful it was that Hayes Carll had written some new songs, and that Casey Hubble was doing a great job of performing them.  I mean, who else can write like that?  Those images, and that inflected emotion just yelled of Carll.  A track or two later, there was a song that sounded nothing like Carll, but still had some elements of the previous tunes.  I began to wonder.  After some research, I learned that Casey Hubble wrote every track.  Holy smokes!  It really takes an old soul and a truly connected artist to write like that.  So, I began the CD again at the beginning with the knowledge that Hubble was the sole composer, and I gained a new appreciation for his talent.  Hubble’s theme song, “Austin Kind Of Night” is just that, an anthem that speaks to the life of living and performing in Austin.  This has become one of Hubble’s most popular tunes with the public and I’m sure it will serve him well for many years.  You’ll hear the aforementioned Carll-ness on “Hubbleberry Finn,” and the next two tracks as well, but then comes “Angel Hair Spaghetti” and you get a serious left turn in Hubble’s writing, which continues through “Heartbreak Slideshow” which is the truly sad cut of the disc.  Hubble takes another turn with his songwriting with “Starting To Fly” that shows his ability to write within formula and retain his artistic integrity.  Hubble shows he can hang with the likes of Michael Hearne and Bob Livingston with “Parsons” which is the only totally solo acoustic track, but is filled with so much emotion, other instruments might spoil it.  When listening to “The Maid,” I finally realized that nobody is writing this way except Hubble.  No one is doing this kind of stuff except Hubble, and he is presenting it in an amazing way.  This song alone will influence other songwriters to get out of their comfort zones and blaze new trails.  Of course then, Hubble wraps up the album with “The Way You Were Raised.”  My immediate thoughts were simple and clear; this song needs to be recorded by Hayes Carll.

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