Kevin Caffrey | Packaged To Play

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
John Mayer Lindsey Buckingham Peter Gabriel

Album Links
Kevin Caffrey Kevin's MySpace Page Kevin\'s videos on YouTube PassAlong Tradebit GreatIndieMusic GroupieTunes PayPlay Bitmunk QtrNote Audio Lunchbox Apple iTunes Emusic BuyMusic MusicIsHere

More Artists From
United States - Virginia

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock Pop: Synth Pop Moods: Type: Lyrical
There are no items in your wishlist.

Packaged To Play

by Kevin Caffrey

From acoustic funk to straight up rockers to haunting ballads, Packaged To Play offers something for anyone with sophisticated musical taste.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 20% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Eternal Forever
Share this song!
X
4:55 $0.75
2. This Is Now
Share this song!
X
5:59 $0.75
3. Shackled
Share this song!
X
5:21 $0.75
4. I Know About Dreams
Share this song!
X
5:32 $0.75
5. So I Can't Help But Feel Afraid
Share this song!
X
4:56 $0.75
6. Within These Elements
Share this song!
X
4:49 $0.75
7. Anyone Can
Share this song!
X
4:04 $0.75
8. Beautiful Lush
Share this song!
X
3:22 $0.75
9. Your Special Day
Share this song!
X
3:43 $0.75
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Before reloacting to Virginia, Kevin Caffrey carved out a nice little niche out for himself as one of Long Island's premiere singer/songwriters. Quite different than other singer/songwriters of his generation, Caffrey fuses elements such as rock, folk, and synth-pop to create a catchy brand of emotional, heartfelt music. Eclectic in nature, he jumps from one different musical genre to the next without ever losing his unique perspective on songwriting. Inspired by artists as diverse as Yes, Faith No More, Peter Gabriel, and Crowded House, he has been recording albums on his own since the age of fourteen.

"Packaged To Play" was released in the fall of 2000, the title of the album a humorous nod to the struggle that independent artists face when trying to get their music heard. If something's not 'packaged to play', most people disregard the product regardless of how strong the material may be. Following its release, Caffrey appeared on college radio stations around Long Island such as WHPC 90.3 and WUSB 90.1 to promote the album. In addition, he began The Packaged To Tour Project in January 2001. The Packaged To Tour Project focused on trying to stress the importance of supporting original music. In a world where cover bands and tribute bands seem to all-too-often dominate local music scenes, Caffrey basically went out and played as often as he could at places in New York City and Long Island in an effort to bring original music to the masses. His efforts resulted in several high profile shows including an opening spot for Freak Parade (featuring Moogy Klingman of Todd Rundgren's Utopia) in July 2001.

Furthermore, Packaged To Play also caught the attention of mainstream press. Describing Caffrey as "the great white rasp of the South Shore" (a reference to his then residence on Long Island), Kevin Amorim of New York Newsday graded Packaged To Play B+ for performance, B for songwriting, and B for sound quality.

Kevin's next album, Noah's Dog, was released in January 2006. Reviews were strong & WUSB 90.1 began playing tracks from it in the summer of '06. Medium Talent followed in 2013, which resulted in a string of live performances and appearances throughout Virginia. With the release of Medium Talent came features in the Free Lance-Star and Front Porch Fredericksburg. He was also interviewed on FXBG Pirate Radio, and performed as part of the legendary Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase series in January 2014. Kevin is currently in the midst of writing songs for his next CD, which he hopes to begin recording towards the end of the year.



Reviews


to write a review

Kevin Amorim, New York Newsday

"The great white rasp of the South Shore."
Performance B+, Songwriting B, Sound Quality B; ...listen to "Eternal Forever" and "This Is Now" if you must, but the action on "Packaged to Play" heats up beginning with the five-minute-long synth- and guitar-drenched "Shackled." From there, Caffrey gets evocative. "If my life were a song/It would probably be so off-key," he sings on the beautiful and mysterious "I Know About Dreams." Then there's a British, new-wave feel to "So I Can't Help but Feel Afraid," thanks to the song's alternating driving and understated keyboards.

The instrumental "Beautiful Lush" doesn't need words for one to drink in the almost classical-style guitar.

Besides being a chameleon, Caffrey, the great white rasp of the South Shore, wrote, produced and played all of the nine songs on "Packaged to Play." And from the sound of things, he's doing all right by himself.

Kristina

A Very Refreshing CD--Music filled with Sincere Emotion
This is a very refreshing cd--Music filled with sincere emotion. I enjoy listening to it because it is a change of pace from current pop/rock trends in the media, that "this-is-a-number-one-hit" made song. Kevin Caffrey is not trying to make a number one hit--he's just trying to bare his soul. This is sincere music with nice beats, addictive melodies, and lyrics we can relate to. Plus, it says on the cd that he plays all the instruments! WOW! This guy has talent! Good Luck Kevin in your career!

Stacie Ingro

A solid progressive rock album you need to experience yourself!
If you are unfamiliar with Kevin Caffrey's work, you're missing out on some incredible music! "Packaged to Play" is definitely on my list of favorite albums.

The first thing that struck me about this album is the use of layers and textures. Not only is the music itself wonderful, but the lyrics are amazing too. "Eternal Forever" - definitely the best choice for an opening song! I was hooked immediately! "This is Now" is a great upbeat song, guaranteed to get you moving. "Shackled" - driving rhythm, dark lyrics, very cool vocal effect. It gives me chills. "I Know About Dreams" is a nice quiet ballad with beautiful lyrics - probably one of my favorites. "So I Can't Help But Feel Afraid" - incredibly powerful, driving, and emotional song. "Within These Elements" - lyrics, lyrics, lyrics! I am speechless. "Anyone Can" - my favorite part of this song is how the end leaves you wanting more. "Beautiful Lush," of course, is a gorgeous instrumental, and a great lead-in to "Your Special Day". "Your Special Day" is my favorite. It's a nice brooding ballad with a little bitter sarcasm thrown in.
Overall, "Packaged To Play" is just a solid progressive rock album you need to experience yourself! Check it out.


Josh

This CD is excellent.
Packaged To Play is excellent. A friend lent me her copy a few days ago when I took a trip to Maine. I listened to it most of the way down. Great, great stuff. Being somewhat of a musician, this is the kind of stuff I WISH I could write!

Mikey De

The Underground Pro-Rock Sound of the Next Generation is Here
The style and texture of Packaged to Play by Kevin Caffrey is clearly familiar with regards to music legends Tom Waits, Sting and the power group Rush. Their music is to his what his music will be to the next progressive rock generation. On Long Island, Kevin's score continuously rings familiar with the underground rock youths of today, strenghthened with his appearances at the local rock meccas. Kevin's passion is felt and is experienced with every bluesy riff and is only amplified by the respect he has for his instrument's power. His experiences played through his music is the kind of style that will be mentioned later as a highly influential piece in more mainstream artists' music.

Melissa Elefterion, Esq

One of the best CD's I've bought in a long time!!
Kevin Caffrey is the kind of artist that I haven't heard in a very long while. His, is a mixture of Tom Petty/Bob Dylan era lyrics, and easy yet strong powerful rhythm. I would buy ten more of these CDs if I could and give them out as Christmas gifts. In all seriousness this CD is a must have for any musical collection.