Cassino
Kingprince


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
December 5th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cassino have finally come into their own, creating a down to earth record that brims with personality yet feels charmingly familiar.

In April of 2005, Huntsville, Alabama pop-punk act Northstar announced that after several years and two full-lengths they were calling it quits. Just as the dust began to settle, singer-guitarist Nick Torres and guitarist Tyler Odom debuted their new project, Cassino. Cassino's self-released debut, 2007's Sounds of Salvation, saw the duo embrace their southern surroundings, immersing their pop friendly past with hints of rootsy Americana and countrified folk.

Kingprince marks Cassino's emergence from Northstar's shadow. Where Sounds of Salvation was firmly rooted in the same vein of laid back nu-emo that Torres and co. damn near perfected while in Northstar, albeit expanded with healthy dose of Nashville twang, Kingprince shows that the duo are now feeling at home in their folk-rock shoes. The songs on Kingprince are stripped down to the core and left to shine in all of their dusty, road-worn beauty. Even the tracks that made their first showing on Sounds of Salvation have been deconstructed, sounding born again in their new skin.

Nick Torres once again brings his best wordplay to the table. His enigmatic yet endearing lyrics are the needle that weaves the musical string together into the tapestry that is Kingprince. His gentle drawl playfully delivers clever lines like “And if you're not whole I will stitch that shirt you're wearing/And it will cover holes and stitch the skin you're wearing now and then,” reaching out like a helping hand through the earthy haze of “Djom”, the album's lead off track.

With Kingprince Cassino have finally come into their own, creating a down to earth record that brims with personality yet feels charmingly familiar. For anybody that's a fan of the occasional folk-rock album, this late entry in what has been a magnificent year is not to be missed.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


17215 Comments


First review in a month... need to shake the rust off. I dunno what the fuck is up with the album art.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


17215 Comments


also, even though the release date is next week it's been out on itunes for a while.

qwe3
December 6th 2009


21362 Comments


woah this looks cool, will check out. definitely looks like something i'd like.

nice review mang

BrahTheSunGod
December 6th 2009


1279 Comments


So this is really good

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


17215 Comments


GOD DAMMIT FUCKING ALBUM COVER

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
December 6th 2009


862 Comments


ya i said the same thing. i never properly checked out sounds of salvation which is weird cos i freakin loved northstar. ill definitely check this out though, great concise review.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


17215 Comments


thanks. if you liked northstar you should love this and sounds of salvation. it's the same great hooks and lyrics now dressed up in a whole new package

BelievePeyton
December 6th 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aoty

BrahTheSunGod
December 7th 2009


1279 Comments


never heard Northstar, if I loved this and SoS, think they'd be worth checking out?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2009


17215 Comments


definitely. get their cd Pollyanna. it's one of the best pop-punk releases of the decade.

Piglet
December 12th 2009


4654 Comments


looks great

tombits
January 8th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is excellent, i'm downloading pollyanna right now.

tombits
January 22nd 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Her motions like a movie, slicing constant air... the wires are electrifying her phosphorescent hair.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2010


17215 Comments


GOD DAMMIT THEY NEED TO TOUR THE WEST COAST!



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