The Queen of Vancouver Island

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If one word could be used to sum up Carolyn Mark's seventh solo album, The Queen of Vancouver Island, it would be "clever." Which is both a good and a bad thing; Mark is an excellent singer and a distinctive songwriter, and she certainly knows how to make the most of her tunes and her instrument on this album. However, she has a sense of humor that's intelligent but never quite as smart as she thinks, and The Queen of Vancouver Island's Achilles' Heel is hearing Mark indulge her wit far more than is prudent. On "Not Talk," Mark points out a joke in one of her songs by laying in a laugh track after the punch line (which plays even worse than it sounds), and after telling us ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If one word could be used to sum up Carolyn Mark's seventh solo album, The Queen of Vancouver Island, it would be "clever." Which is both a good and a bad thing; Mark is an excellent singer and a distinctive songwriter, and she certainly knows how to make the most of her tunes and her instrument on this album. However, she has a sense of humor that's intelligent but never quite as smart as she thinks, and The Queen of Vancouver Island's Achilles' Heel is hearing Mark indulge her wit far more than is prudent. On "Not Talk," Mark points out a joke in one of her songs by laying in a laugh track after the punch line (which plays even worse than it sounds), and after telling us "Now, in the verse I'll just say some shit, leading up to the chorus, because everybody wants to sing along" in the title tune. Mark breaks the fourth wall again eight songs later on "The Cereal Is the Prize," singing "Maybe tomorrow, I'll sit down and write the third verse." And while "Old Whores" is an effective meditation on age and regret, using a similar metaphor on the next tune, "You're Not a Whore (If No One's Paying)" seems at once lazy and belabored. The worst part is Mark is clearly talented enough to know better; the best songs here, like "Best Friend," "Mellie's Book," and "Nobody's Perfect" demonstrate how good a tunesmith she can be when she hits her marks, and her vocals are wonderful throughout, with her cover of "Flaming Star" comparing favorably to Elvis Presley's stellar original. Mark also called upon a number of friends and colleagues for production and accompaniment, and they truly delivered the goods, giving the album a rich, eclectic sound that sways from pop to rock to country with easy assurance and joy. The Queen of Vancouver Island is a good album that could have been great if someone had given Carolyn Mark's songs a bit of editing before she went into the studio; it's still worth hearing, but one would imagine she'd have learned the difference between "clever" and "wise" by now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Mint Records
  • UPC: 773871014321
  • Catalog Number: 143
  • Sales rank: 150,821

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carolyn Mark Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Jon Wood Guitar, Background Vocals
Tolan McNeil Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Raham Drums
Kelly Haigh Background Vocals
Paul Pigat Electric Guitar
Laura Freeman Banshee
Hank Pine Cello, Choir, Chorus
Paul Rigby Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Rachelle Reath Violin, Choir, Chorus
Ed Goodine Drums
Jay Burnette Children's Chorus
Grayson Walker Piano
J. McLaughlin Choir, Chorus
Brian Barr Mandolin
Marco Bozenich Steel Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Dennis Siemens Bass, Choir, Chorus
Tess Kitchen Trumpet
Terri Upton Bass, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Harmony
Shalalala Chorus Choir, Chorus
Scott Delisle Choir, Chorus
Sasha Burnette Children's Chorus
Ryen Froggert Bass
Petra Mark Children's Chorus
Paul Oppers Harmonica, Choir, Chorus
Les Pauls Choir, Chorus
Juli Steemson Drums
Joel Fernandes Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar
James Insell Choir, Chorus
Ian Mark Children's Chorus
Allen Pleasants Trombone
Technical Credits
Sid Wayne Composer, Lyricist
Jon Wood Engineer
John Raham Engineer
Carolyn Mark Layout
Sir Adrian Engineer
Myke Hall Engineer
Graemme Brown Mastering
Sherman Edwards Composer
Brian Barr Engineer
Randy Iwata Layout
Nic Calder Engineer
Ilijc Albanese Cover Photo
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