Chasing Down A Spark
Bound To Be Records
With Chasing Down A Spark, former Gathering Field frontman Bill Deasy has not only emulated the brilliance of his debut solo effort, Good Day No Rain, but this album also confirms his status as one of the most valid singer/songwriters around. This may be a bold assertion, but even a cursory listen to the endearing melodies, rich lyrical seam and heartfelt delivery of Chasing Down A Spark backs up such a claim. Opening with the irresistible pop-rock of “Until I Get It Right,” the Pittsburgh native maintains a level of quality that never dips.
Deasy’s evolution on his sophomore album has seen him return to the more electric sound of his former band. However, the record is a celebration of diversity, from the achingly pretty “Pass Me On” to the jaunty pop flavors of “Fireflies” and the soulful refrains of “Turn Your Light On” and “Levi.” Producer Kevin Salem is credited with helping Deasy expand his horizons musically on the bluesy “Wishing Well,” but it’s the sense of captivating honesty on tracks like the beautiful “Now That I Know What It Means” that truly enhances Deasy’s well-earned reputation as a gifted writer.
An impressive roster of guests, including Donnie Iris, Maia Sharp and Rob James and Scott Blasey of The Clarks serves as further evidence of Deasy’s standing among his peers. Already an established songwriter for other artists, Chasing Down A Spark deserves to take Bill Deasy’s own career to the next level.
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