Casey Scott

Creep City

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Often mixing spoken words with singing, the delivery of Casey Scott puts Creep City in the same camp, with the same attitude, as Maggie Estep. Musically, many of the songs follow the lead of the in-your-face lyrics. Like fellow New Yorker Lou Reed, Scott ruminates on the darker, edgier side of things like the fleabag hotel in "Long Night #3652" or the psychiatric ward in "Sharp Metal Objects." "Rattle My Bones" recalls P.J. Harvey, and "7th of November" is a musically sparse track, giving room to heartbreakingly dead-on lyrics that detail the unraveling of a dysfunctional relationship. Scott injects a dose of sardonic wit into songs like "Paradise Lost and Found' and "Ryan" (where she laments that her younger brother is in love with "the kind of girl that I was, a post-punk psycho from a whitebread nightmare"). The wittiness keeps Creep City's emotional flow from becoming too unrelenting, without sacrificing Scott's bite. Stylistically, some of this gets a bit schizophrenic on songs like "Mars" and the title track, which might turn off some listeners. However, for fans of Maggie Estep and Patti Smith, Creep City is worth checking out.

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