Albany Times Union review:
CD review: Casey Dinkin’s ‘Right Now For Now’
By David Malachowski
Published 12:20 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2013
A Guilderland native now living in New York City, Casey Dinkin has a sparkling debut release full of clever, caffeinated tunes that are smart, modern pop-folk songs with mainly relationships themes.
For example, there’s her zen view of where she’s supposed to be in title track “Right Now For Now” (“Breathe in, breathe out, that’s what life’s all about”) or the laundry list of questions in “8 Days of Waiting” (“Am I too fat, should I be thinner / should I have offered to pay for my dinner?”). Dinkin’s sweet takes on her sex (or lack thereof) in the city are like journals of near misses set to catchy melodies. They are thoughtful and often brutal, but always fun.
In “Beautiful You,” she sings with only a trace of bitterness: “years later, beautiful you, never did anything you said you were gonna do.” She reveals how she arrived in her new New York City home with “The Light of NYC,” (the city of “tragedies and miracles”) and name checks Albany’s Cafe Hollywood in “Stupid Noah,” as she tells how Noah played guitar in a band (“music I didn’t understand”) and didn’t drive a car, and never called, as she finally realizes “I don’t know-ah, why I liked Noah” set to a rockin’ radio-ready track.
At one point Dinkin says, “If you piss me off I’ll write a song about you.”
Never date a songwriter, but do get this CD when it is officially released later this month. More info, sample songs and how to pre-order can be found at http://caseydinkin.com.