iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from The Optimist's Club by Casper & The Cookies, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Optimist's Club

Casper & The Cookies

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

The Optimist's Club is as blue-eyed and full of wonderment as its title suggests. Jason Nesmith (aka Casper Fandango) has once again furnished us with some inventive and catchy pop tunes that strike a nice balance between kitsch and cool. This album can teeter on the edge of ridiculousness, as in the over-the-top earnestness of "Kiss a Friend" or the manic drum'n'bass antics of "Barking in the Garden of Ill Repute," but the irony doesn't run astray. There's enough chunky percussion, enough old movie reels, electronic buzzes, toys, hammers, and aleatoric hodge-podge (subways, songbirds) to keep things gritty and interesting, even in the midst of all those clean, Fountains of Wayne guitar riffs and barbershop quartet harmonies. This album finds the band with a new lineup as Nesmith and Kay Stanton are joined by Davy Gibbs on drums. And for what it's worth, Stanton and Nesmith seem to have learned a thing or two about production since the band's last effort; the result is a much cleaner sound, with more (literal) bells and whistles. If flamboyant horn sections, ebullient declarations of love, spotless boy-girl harmonies, and true-blue optimism sound good to you, this album might be right up your alley.

Biography

Formed: May 16, 1999 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Known for their eclectic indie pop and kooky on-stage antics, Casper & the Cookies grew out of a solo project pioneered by the Athens, Georgia-based musician Jason NeSmith (aka Casper Fandango). In 1996, NeSmith was the drummer for the "philosopher rock" trio Feyerabend, which in addition to NeSmith featured frontman David Dault and future Cookies member Kay Stanton. During a Feyerabend show in 1996, Dault shouted, "This ain't the house of Casper Fandango!," in response to which NeSmith shouted,...
Full Bio
The Optimist's Club, Casper & The Cookies
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Contemporaries

Become a fan of the iTunes and App Store pages on Facebook for exclusive offers, the inside scoop on new apps and more.