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Nothin' Like the Summer
     

Nothin' Like the Summer

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by Carmen Rasmusen
 
Carmen Rasmusen's name and face might ring a bell for fans of American Idol; she made it into the final six during the second season of the television program, the same season that made Clay Aiken a star. It would be easy to dismiss Rasmusen based on such ignoble beginnings, and she certainly does aim squarely at the polished, often

Overview

Carmen Rasmusen's name and face might ring a bell for fans of American Idol; she made it into the final six during the second season of the television program, the same season that made Clay Aiken a star. It would be easy to dismiss Rasmusen based on such ignoble beginnings, and she certainly does aim squarely at the polished, often artistically anemic world of mainstream country with her album Nothin' Like the Summer. The weakness of this album is in its predictability: Every country-pop flourish is employed here, particularly on the title track, which reels off a list of bucolic, rural memories, delighting in the kind of sepia-toned front-porch/fishing-pole pap that Nashville has tried to sell listeners countless times before. (And, frankly, Rasmusen seems a bit young to have such nostalgic reveries.) In fact, every track here seems to employ a tried-and-true template, from every chord progression, to every sentiment, to every vocal nuance, to every peal of pedal steel. (Rasmusen is credited with a couple of co-writes, but for the most part, the songs are manufactured for her by other songwriters.) Nevertheless, Rasmusen does have a nice set of pipes and a rich, rounded tone that is reminiscent of the ivory-throated Kelly Willis. For the most part though, this is a predictable album. But in the mainstream country music world, predictability can often open doors.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Lofton Creek
UPC:
0684497900823
catalogNumber:
9008

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen Rasmusen   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary Burnette   Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
John Jarvis   Keyboards
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Joey Canaday   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tommy Hardin   Drums
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Victoria Shaw   Composer
Bill Warner   Engineer
James Slater   Composer
Cesar Lemos   Composer
Bob DePiero   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Kristyn Osborn   Composer
Luke Dick   Composer
Carmen Rasmusen   Composer
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Katrina Elam   Composer
Matthew Lopez   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Jason Deere   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Stoker White   Engineer
Michael Mobley   Composer
Rachel Thibodeau   Composer

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Nothin' Like the Summer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nicholey More than 1 year ago
I can (and do!) listen to this album over and over! It is not an exaggerated country, but is highly original and really expresses Carmen's individual style! I relate, and I think anyone can, to the lyrics really well. Her voice is absolutely amazing!