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Carencro
     

Carencro

4.3 6
by Marc Broussard
 
At first listen, it's clear that this 22-year-old Louisiana native possesses a baritone that packs a preternaturally grizzled wallop, but a little digging reveals a depth that makes him more than just another pretty voice. Broussard lets his Cajun roots show here and there -- notably on the brassy "Saturday" -- but he's not about to be pigeonholed in terms of

Overview

At first listen, it's clear that this 22-year-old Louisiana native possesses a baritone that packs a preternaturally grizzled wallop, but a little digging reveals a depth that makes him more than just another pretty voice. Broussard lets his Cajun roots show here and there -- notably on the brassy "Saturday" -- but he's not about to be pigeonholed in terms of geography or sound. On the surging "Rocksteady," he conjures up images of early Bob Seger -- before the Motor City singer veered toward the middle of the road. He's every bit as comfortable shifting into ballad gear, as evidenced by "The Beauty in Who You Are," a gently rolling piece that has the same sort of Everyman angst as, say, Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis." Carencro -- named after the Bayou town in which Broussard spent his formative years -- is best when as little as possible comes between the singer and his listeners. And while a few of the disc's tracks are hampered by overzealous arrangements, stripped-down songs like the yearning "Home" and the ragged-but-right "Hope for Me Yet" deliver the sort of down-home taste that's hard to resist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Make no mistake about it, Marc Broussard can sing. With a husky baritone that sounds like some Louisiana version of David Ruffin and an upward range that suggests Al Green or Eddie Kendricks, Broussard's soulful phrasing carries a kind of joyous and yet world-weary wisdom that belies his age. The lead track here, "Home" (the album is named after Broussard's hometown of Carencro, LA), is immediately stunning. A huge and atmospheric swampy Motown stomp, "Home" sounds like Otis Redding from some alternate universe -- one in which he doesn't die in a plane crash -- singing swamp pop with all the funk of a Memphis Stax groove and all the ghostly alligator voodoo of Dr. John. An explosively effective track, "Home" is a hard act to follow, and the rest of this album seems to trail in its wake. "Save Me" sounds like it could be a winning single for the neo-MTV generation, and Broussard's surprisingly joyous vocal (you can tell he takes glee in singing, a trait, again, that recalls Al Green) masks a somewhat codependent lyric, while "Lonely Night in Georgia" sounds like John Hiatt trying to channel Ray Charles. There is a journeyman's feel to some of the songs, but Broussard's soulful vocals always find a meaningful corner to work from in just about everything here, and one can't help but feel this guy has a monster album in him just around the corner. Carencro isn't a masterpiece (although "Home" certainly is), but it is a solid, professional, and undeniably soulful outing, and anyone who can sing like this kid is definitely going to set the world reeling back on its heels eventually.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498628706
catalogNumber:
000293802
Rank:
42070

Tracks

  1. Home
  2. Rocksteady
  3. The Beauty of Who You Are
  4. Save Me
  5. Where You Are
  6. Come Around
  7. Lonely Night in Georgia
  8. Saturday
  9. The Wanderer
  10. Hope For Me Yet
  11. Let Me Leave

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Broussard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Slide Guitar
Glenn Berger   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ted Broussard   Acoustic Guitar
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Triangle,Washboard,Shaker
Julian Coryell   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
David Egan   Organ
Marshall Altman   Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Toy Piano
Joe Zook   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,12-string Bass Guitar
Jim McGorman   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Kevin Stevens   Percussion
Calvin Turner   Bass,Trombone
Bayou Bruce Steppers & Entourage   Hand Clapping
Brothers William   Background Vocals
Carencro Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir   Background Vocals
Chad Gilmore   Drums
Dino Meneghin   Electric Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Ted Broussard   Composer
R. Foster   Composer
Louis Marino   Art Direction
Marshall Altman   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Joe Zook   Engineer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Programming
Marc Broussard   Composer
Calvin Turner   Horn Arrangements
Bayou Bruce Steppers & Entourage   Contributor
Leah Simon   Creative Consultant
Justin Tocket   Composer
Drew Ramsey   Composer

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Carencro 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard Home, I played it over & over again.  I couldn't get enough!  What a voice!  The rest of his music touch my soul as well.  He's definitely on my watchlist for future music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first time in a long time that I've heard a song that has pushed me to the store to buy the CD. Heard HOME on the radio and HAD to have this CD. Marc's vocal range makes you feel like you are listening to an entirely different artist from song to song. I love the funk/rock/soul sound...the lyrics are fun and meaningful, just an overall great CD....LOVE IT!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The funky blues of Home is only the first surprise on this CD. Broussard can wail with the best of them and then turn on a dime to rock the house with Rocksteady, running the gamut to the heartwrenching Let Me Leave. Every track is a keeper...and there's even a surprise at the end. I'm hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has quickly become my favorite CD! Each song shows a different side of Broussard and urges you to press rewind to listen to each song repeatedly. It's a wonderful collection of tracks, I'm a fan of every single one on this album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this album by accident while listening to the radio online. The first time I heard Home I said, ok this sounds cool and then played the entire CD for the rest of the day, driving my co-worker crazy!! Every song on this album definitely gets two thumbs up. My favorites are Home and Lonely Night in Georgia,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago