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Those two issues aside, the rest of this album is either completely solid or outstanding. "Underground Chick" (that Smashing Pumpkins sample is filthy) and "The Grand Leveler" are definitely the highlights on the production side. "Back In New England" has the most personality, paying a vivid homage to Apathy's home town (and a surprisingly decent verse from Chris Webby). "Martha Moxley" is a strangely awesome spin off a George Michael "Careless Whisper" sample. It works. "The Grass Ain't Greener" is another highlight and probably one of the most accessible tracks. Best guest feature: A. Noyd on "Locals Only," also another great 90's-vibe track.
If this album had been two tracks shorter (or two tracks different), it would probably be worthy of five stars. Honestly, the quality on the rest of the ten tracks here surpassed my expectations and Apathy has proven once again he's still relevant and growing as an artist. I really feel like Connecticut Casual may be one of his best albums lyrically, and the production is definitely up there as well (though a couple feel just a little unpolished, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers sample on the opening track). This one is definitely worth buying, don't pass it up.
The album opens up with “Connecticut Casual” carrying a low tempo sample of Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ hit “Under The Bridge.” Appropriately enough, the track touches broadly on issues like crime, social dysfunction, and the effects that drugs have on Connecticut, and society in general. The album takes you through multiple layers of different areas, and really paints a vivid picture of the light and the darkness in Connecticut/New England. Some tracks are more direct (“Money Makes the World Go Round” / “Back in New England”) and some are rather abstractly depicted with Apathy’s ninja star lyrics. In terms of content, Apathy has zero struggle with getting his point or story across to the fans. Direct is a good word to describe this album, and his stern convincing voice only contributes more to this characteristic.
Did we mention production value yet? Top notch. Apathy is all over this project – aside from his lyrical mastery. A wide range of sounds and emotions are offered on ‘Connecticut Casual’. Tracks like “Don’t Give Up The Ship” and “Money Makes the World Go Round” are reminiscent of that 90′s mellow boom-bap sound.Read more ›
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Great album but even better if you are from New England. The album has dope rhymes and excellent production. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert
I enjoyed this one. Apathy sounds great and the beats are all good/great- besides the opener (not feeling the sampling and those keyboard/guitar stabs) and maybe the smashing... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Daniel R Stein
Who are Apathy's friends??? His "yes men" failed to warn him of this disastrous album. First off, I am somewhat of a fan of his and I own just about very CD he has... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by N. Diaz
I've always enjoyed Apathy's work for the first time I heard them on underground track I knew for sure this guy was definitely going to be dope! Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Juan