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Blue Rodeo Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Reigning Toronto y'alternative combo Blue Rodeo's third album finds the group deftly navigating country, folk, and rock--frequently all at once--with vigour and confidence. The independent strengths of co-singer-songwriters and guitarists Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor--Cuddy brings the pop while Keelor maintains the twang--are evident in songs like "Til I Am Myself Again" and "5 A.M. (A Love Song)." Elsewhere, bluesy ballads like "After the Rain" spotlight the band's seamless vocal harmonies. Additional support from bassist Bazil Donovan, drummer Mark French and the manic poundings of pianist Bob Wiseman (who later split to launch a solo career) help make Casino a brilliant example of why Blue Rodeo has remained among the country's best, and best-loved, bands. --Adem Tepedelen

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4.0 out of 5 stars 1990's best kept secret Oct. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled across this in a used record store a few years ago and I'm glad I did. This is one of Blue Rodeo's better performances. There are enough production qualities of the times to give it that "dated" sound, but the songwriting and performance punches through all of that to create a nice record.
Jim Cuddy really shone as a stellar songwriter here with "Til I Am Myself Again", "Montreal" and "After The Rain". Greg Keelor didn't miss a beat either. His better offerings were "What Am I Doing Here" and "Last Laugh", though he, more than Cuddy, tended to get a little too aggressive and repititious, which kept this album from getting 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect ALBUM Aug. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Are you the kind of person who likes full-length ALBUMS, as opposed to today's constant need for a "single"? If you like to put the CD on and let it play all the way through (like we used to do back in the day with R.E.M.), then you will LOVE this CD. And after reading all the reviews here on Amazon, I can't believe no one has mentioned what a catchy tune "What am I doing here" is! I owned this album wayyyyy back in the early 90's when I was a college DJ and have seen these guys play live - they have a definite "bar band" sound. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "One of Best of the Decade" ? Dec 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Certainly. I bought this when it came out twelve years ago, and I still listen to it today. Why? Becasie EVERY song is well-crafted and timeless. Notables are "Last Laugh" which is a deceptively complex song with sections that could easily be tunes on their own. BR wisely does not exploit this quality but instead has you longing for more. "Til I am Myself" is a great tune that is fun to play on guitar. "Montreal" is a sweet, lilting song, while "Time to Kill" is something that would sound great if any garage band attacked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant May 26 2002
By Ms Diva
Format:Audio CD
Blue Rodeo is my favorite crossover band -- there music is a wonderful mix of rock and country. As others have said, Til I Am Myself Again and After The Rain are the best songs on the album. I think most listeners can relate to the emotion behind Til I Am Myself Again. The sound is clear, the lyrics are intelligent, poignant and deceptively simple, and these guys are solid musicians. I have to admit I prefer Jim Cuddy as a the lead vocalist over Greg Keelor. There's nothing particularly wrong with Keelor's voice, it's simply a personal preference. If you like pure old fashioned rock with a bit of a country flair, this is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Must-have June 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the one Blue Rodeo CD *everyone* must own. It's the one that I use to introduce friends to the band and they immediately love every song and are hooked. From Track 1, "Til I Am Myself Again", until Track 10, "You're Everywhere" (a song that, to this day, I can't help but smile when I hear), Casino is enjoyable and one that will get played until the CD wears out (which hasn't happened to me yet...but I did previously kill a cassette copy due to overplay). Classic Keelior/Cuddy tunage at it's best...without a doubt, a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the decade Feb. 26 1999
Format:Audio CD
"Casino" is an incredible CD. Blue Rodeo is an amazingly talented band and they've recorded a simply fantastic album. It's not quite country, It's not quite pop,it's not quite rock, but it's great. That's all I know. "Last Laugh" and "What am I Doing Here" are 2 of the best pop songs I've ever heard. If you are a fan of music-- it doesnt matter what kind of music you like, since it's all featured here-- you will love Blue Rodeo's startlingly great endeavor into the depths of music, the masterpiece "Casino."
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Half-finished bottles of inspiration...." June 16 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This line was all I could remember. I had a tape with a couple of songs on it, but I forgot the name of the band, and have been trying to remember who they were for the past 7 years. Yes, 7 years. I am very determined. :o)
Today, I thought I'd let my good friend the Mr. W.W. Web help me out---throwing those words into metacrawler, I came up with a dedicated site as my first hit. woo-ha!
This band rocks. As another reviewer said, "Not quite country. Not quite rock." Whatever it is, I love it.
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