Carbon Leaf’s latest album on Vanguard Records might take you a few listens to really enjoy it. But after that, you’ll realize the band have outdone themselves yet again. The folk rock band from Virginia has two new members, but it’s hardly noticeable. I think that’s a good thing because the new guys have fit right in. “Nothing Rhymes With Woman” is more in line with “Indian Summer” and “Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat” than their earlier, celtic/folkier albums; which is fine by me. I think from “Indian Summer” and onward the band has grown and matured as a band. This is further evidence that Carbon Leaf is one of the best touring folk rock bands around.
“Indecision” is a nice start to the album but I think the next two tracks might have been better at the number 1 position. “Another Man’s Woman” is a country/bluesy rock song that just doesn’t sound like something Carbon Leaf has ever done before. It takes a few listens to appreciate it, or with me, seeing the band perform the song live. The song will definitely get stuck in your head. Their single “Miss Hollywood” is a catchy little number, and I can hear that one being played on the radio. Of course, most radio stations suck so it probably won’t happen. The song I didn’t really notice until I hear Carbon Leaf played it live was “Lake of Silver Bells.” Honestly, it’s probably my favorite song from them now. A day doesn’t go by without listening to it. Barry has never sounded better than on “Lake of Silver Bells.” Just hear him go from singing low to high in just a few notes. Some singer’s voices would certainly crack during that song but not Barry’s. Another example of Barry singing like this is in “Pink.” “X-Ray” is a great nod to summer, and “Snowfall Music” is a sweet sounding, laid-back folk song about…snow. I don’t even want to think about snow, but the song is beautiful. I particularly like the guitar playing on that song. I could go on and on about each track, but I think I’ll just stop there. Carbon Leaf virgins need to check out “Indian Summer,” then pick up this album “Nothing Rhymes With Woman.” Once you listen to this album a few times, you’ll be hooked!
Bottom Line: I’m not sure if this is my favorite Carbon Leaf album, but it’s definitely an excellent album!
Notable Tracks: Another Man’s Woman, Miss Hollywood, Lake of Silver Bells, X-Ray, Pink