Carencro

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498628706
  • Catalog Number: 000293802
  • Sales rank: 9,803

Tracks

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

    Posted July 23, 2013

    The first time I heard Home, I played it over & over again.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an awesome surprise!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Funk, Rock and Soulful Music out in a longtime

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steady as a Rock!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD I've stumbled across in a LONG time

    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,

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    Posted January 20, 2010

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