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 the album also confirms his status as one of the most valid singer-songwriter voices around.
That may be a bold assertion, but even a cursory listen to the endearing melodies, rich lyrical seam and heartfelt delivery on 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 until the final note of the album rings out.
Deasy?s evolution on his sophomore solo album has seen him return to the more electric sound of his former band, but the record is a celebration of diversity; from the achingly pretty ?Pass Me On? to the jaunty pop flavours of ?Fireflies? and the soulful refrains of ?Turn Your Light On? and album highlight ?Levi?. Producer Kevin Salem is credited with aiding Deasy to 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 helps enhance Deasy?s well-earned reputation as a gifted writer this time around.
An impressive roster of guests, including Donnie Iris, Maia Sharp and Rob James and Scott Blasey of The Clarks serve as further evidence of Deasy?s standing amongst 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.