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Band: Carroway
CD Title - Don't Be A Social Outcast

Review by John Townsend


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Sometimes being a reviewer falls under the heading of "be careful what you wish for....". Listening to some of the dreck that comes across my desk, more often than not, seems an unbearable task. Occasionally though, you hear a band or an artist that restores your faith in popular music and is a complete joy to listen to.

When I came across the Carroway CD, "Don't Be A Social Outcast", I was thrilled to find a young rock group that reflected the essence of Good Old American Rock N Roll. By comparison, they embody elements of some of the premier bands of the last thirty plus years; The Stones, Tom Petty, and John Cougar Mellencamp, to name a few. It is my belief that they would be a commercial windfall for some thirsty label that would understand how to market them. They have a solid singer in Scott Kurt. Scott has great phrasing and a solid band behind him with a clear understanding of the medium. Rootsy guitar work and some viable songs give the ensemble a great vehicle for their talents. I like this band and I would recommend them highly. Check out their website and go see them at your earliest opportunity.

Artist: Corey Andrew
12 Song CD - Excalibur Records

Review by John Townsend


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Corey Andrew has a nice voice, some nice songs with some nice production. The operative word here is, you guessed it, "nice". Unfortunately, Corey sounds like eleven dozen other young male singers in that same genre. His songs don't show me any depth or life experience. Every song seems to be cluttered with the over use of bubbly, sweeping Oberheim outer space musical gimmicks that muddy some pretty clean arrangements. Too clean for my taste. I do appreciate some of the lyric themes as positive and uplifting but this ground has already been covered, and much better, by groups like Earth Wind and Fire.

Corey has talent and his band seems to be accomplished enough on their instruments. I think what these guys need is a dose of some of the old stuff like Earth Wind and Fire, and the old MoTown vibe to show them what they should be trying to measure up to. I realize that everyone can't have Holland, Dozier and Holland or Smokey Robinson writing for them but Corey and his band need to raise the bar a little if they're going to be in the game with the big boys.



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