Published on August 19th, 2012 | by greg3
Dylan LeBlanc: Cast The Same Old Shadow:: Review
Muscle Shoals’ Dylan LeBlanc returns on his sophomore effort Cast The Same Old Shadow stuck in a Neil Young groove. Particularly, LeBlanc’s muse appears to fluctuate somewhere between Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere and Harvest era Neil Young and while that was an excellent period for Neil Young, LeBlanc’s middling material on Cast The Same Old Shadow fails to compare. LeBlanc’s arrangements are largely forgettable and it’s difficult to differentiate amongst the tracks as they all sound somewhat similar.
LeBlanc’s band attempts to rise above the malaise but there’s only so much you can do with an alt-country waltz. To boot, LeBlanc now has an affected way of singing with a slight whistle-tooth which is hard to ignore. Cast The Same Old Shadow is a muddled, murky album that seems rushed and is hard to recommend to anyone other than die-hards of the Alt-Country movement. It’s possible that LeBlanc has a great album in him, however this is not the one.