CD Etiquette (CD 1062213),
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  • 1. Etiquette I.D.
    2. New Year's Kiss
    3. Young Shields
    4. I Love Creedence
    5. Nashville Parthenon
    6. Scattered Pearls
    7. Happy Mother's Day
    8. Holly Hobby
    9. Cold White Christmas
    10. Bobby Malone Moves Home
    11. Don't They Have Payphones Wherever You Were Last Night
    12. Love Connection
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 65

  • Credits
    ProducerOwen Ashworth; Jason Quever
    EngineerAlex Delanda; Joseph Suchy

    Personnel: Owen Ashworth (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, electronics); Karen Mitchell (flute); Jason Quever (drums).
    Etiquette, literate plastic keyboard maestro Owen Ashworth's fourth release under the moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone introduced non-bedroom production into the mix, utilizing guest vocalists, strings, woodwinds, pedal steel guitars, and various synthesizers and drum machines from other companies into what was once a simple recipe. What sounds like a major overhaul on the album jacket is less so when applied to the 12 tracks that fill Etiquette's exoskeleton with meat. Fans who swooned over Ashworth's previous collections of snide, affecting, and consistently heartbroken pop songs will find that he's only taken the first step up from lo-fi, with at least half of the songs still residing in the thin, insular confines of four-track distortion filtered through corner store six-packs. That's not to say that songs like "I Love Creedence," "Cold White Christmas," and the Steve Merritt-channeling-David Bowie's-"Five Years'" grandeur of "New Year's Kiss" don't resonate on a sonic level as well as an emotional one. In fact, those three, along with the jazzy "Bobby Malone Moves Home" and the hesitant "Nashville Parthenon" may be some of his finest works, but the inclusion of guest vocalists Sam Mickens, Jenn Herbinson, and Katy Davidson -- the latter leads four songs -- all of whom have lovely and expressive voices, keeps Etiquette from engaging on the kind of one-on-one basis that made Pocket Symphonies for Lonely Subway Cars and Twinkle Echo such selfish pleasures. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This fourth album expands Casiotone For The Painfully Alone's frighteningly austere template to an almost symphonic level of opulence."
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