Marc Carroll – Stone, Beads & Silver – Monday January 28
Marc Carroll’s light Irish brogue permeates the tracks on his new album, ‘Stone, Beads & Silver’, the fourth solo album he has released, with a preceding single, ‘The Fool Disguised In Beggars Clothes’, released on January 21.
The album, set to be released on CD and in a 12″ vinyl version, was recorded in LA and Woodstock earlier this year 2012, and is the first time that he has hired a producer to oversee an album. Not that he’s showing any ignorance in the field, hiring Grammy winner Chris Testa, who has worked with the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Band of Horses. Carroll is also accompanied by a host of musicians on the tracks, including Bo Koster (of My Morning Jacket fame), McKenzie Smith (from Midlake) and even the esteemed Larry Campbell, who has worked alongside Bob Dylan and fronted Levon Helm.
It has a grandiose feel, evoking open spaces and broad terrain, the country backbones bearing the weight of more folksy, even bluegrass overtones, with a gravelly sense of reclusive Americana, and a slight hint of Bowie in the voice.
They do come across as a bit samey however, despite the lyrical depth and the variety of messages delivered. Apart from ‘(It Was) Lust Not Love’, which comes across as a great slice of soft pop rock, almost an anti-ballad, which is only emphasized by the difference it holds in regard to the rest of the track-list.
Check out the album teaser below.
For more info on Marc, check out his website at marccarroll.com
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