Light It Up
A natural crossover talent, Aussie country star Casey Barnes flexes his deep stylistic range across his sixth album, complete with surging choruses and fierce vocal conviction. Opener “Get to Know Ya” even introduces a fresh-faced pop sheen developed in collaboration with writing/production duo MSquared. The Gold Coast-based singer is just as comfortable embracing a disco edge on the brassy “Kiss Me Like You Mean It,” raw roadhouse blues on “Light It Up,” and Black Keys-esque rock on “Love Fool.” He can still nail pure country too, as heard on ballads like “Small Town” and “God Took His Time on You.” Penned in Nashville with country-pop duo Brown & Gray, the latter is a gorgeous love letter to Barnes’ wife Michelle, complete with banjo and steel guitar. As a hard-touring performer who’s been committed to country music since childhood, Barnes stands poised for breakout international success with this passionate showing.