Casey Stone is a performer whose style doesn’t classify well. The reason is obvious why too. At times Casey Stone has been a country performer, and at times a rock gal. With Rock Garden she is sort of caught showcasing elements of both.
Lyrically, and for the most part, this is a very good rock-influenced album. Cuts such as Tenacious and Randy’s Song are clearly rock, and very good rock at that.
At the same time, there are just a few times when Stone’s country background shows through on the album, for example it infiltrates the fringes of the lead cut She’s A Believer. It’s back on But Now You're Gone as well.
Rock Garden also has a decided level of maturity to it. That isn’t surprising considering Stone has been involved in music for a number of years, having actually recorded a rock effort in the 1980s under the same name. She was also the voice of the band Eva Gold.
With Rock Garden Stone has brought her considerable experience to the forefront penning most of the songs here.
I particularly like how she is willing to let her new songs go where they want to go.
Beloved clocks in at 6:05, Randy’s Song at 5:11 and But Now You’re Gone at 5:27. Not really radio format, and kudos for Stone for not paring them back to suit radio. They are great as is.
The maturity is also seen in her song selection beyond her self-written songs. She ends the disk with the Gordon Lightfoot classic, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and it is a great rendition. Again, Stone is commended for doing her own thing.
This is a CD that impressed me for its honesty. You feel as if Stone is singing songs because they are part of her, and that she would be singing them whether anyone was listening, or not.
In this case, believe me, you are glad you are listening.
Be sure to check it out at www.caseystone.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 18, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada