Last year Casper Blanca released On Top of Sticky Fingers (Head, Bodies & Tales) and exactly one year later he is back with My Favorite Color is Gold. My Favorite Color is Gold sounds like it was made by at least a four-piece band but in fact it is just Casper Blanca. The multi-instrumentalist from Copenhagen plays a mix of rock, folk, pop and even a bit of blues and does so quite successfully. I was impressed by the consistently solid songwriting whether it was a distorted rock song or an emotionally resonant acoustic ballad.
Blanca gets started with a forty second “Intro” that revolves a couple of guitars that veer towards the blues. The “Intro” fades out and you are greeted with “Tug of War.” It’s one heck of a catchy song that mixes elements of garage and hard rock. Blanca’s vocal delivery is a bit nonchalant in a cool way like that of Julian Casablancas from The Strokes. The vocal harmonies during the chorus are additional ear candy that made the song work.
It is evident that Blanca is not without a sense of humor when he chose to name a song “I’m On a Drug Called Charlie Sheen.” Blanca implements a hard rock/blue vibe on this song and pulls it off. It was obvious to me at this point that Blanca doesn’t have much problem finding a good hook. The chorus explodes with sweet vocal harmonies that are easy to enjoy.
Blanca displays a different side to his talent with “Revealing a Magic Trick.” It revolves around little more than an acoustic guitar and his vocals. I like when Blanca rocks out but he sounds exceptional with some melancholy on his voice and sparse instrumentation.
The next three songs are solid rockers, which are nothing to scoff at. The highlight of the album for me was “Come Down/Calm Down.” It’s a slower melancholy song that tugs at nostalgia in your mind. Blanca’s vocals were exceptional and made the song memorable.
My Favorite Color is Gold is a solid follow up and certainly establishes that Blanca has enough creativity and songwriting talent to keep it up for a long time. I have to admit I would like to hear an album of only slower, acoustic material but My Favorite Color is Gold will certainly suffice. Recommended.
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