The rock quartet Carney is an enigma. One minute they crank
up their songs with classic rock riffage like in their track "Tomorrow's
Another Day," and the next their tunes are garnered in theatrical
pop ringlets with a carnival-style gyration in numbers like "Amelie"
and "There She Goes." The band's latest CD, Mr. Green,
Volume 1, is self-produced and courses through a gamut of changes
from the bluesy rock tides of "Love Me, Chase Me" to the
psychedelic rock trimmings of "Mr. Green" showing a caliber
relatable to Wolfmother. Carney's music is tiled with frothy
guitar gyrations from Zane Carney as bassist Aiden Moore
and drummer John Epcar spike the tracks with a raw steam and
vocalist Reeve Carney moves effortlessly through the changes.
The peppy ditty "Amelie" is dressed in French folk undertones,
and the carnival-style swirls of "There She Goes" exude
a Sergeant Pepper/Beatles-esque tempo. The psychedelic
rock embers of "Nothing Without You" permeate glam-induced
rotations that mold the chord dynamics into a dance rock groove. The
hearty twang in "Testify" has a country blues shading, which
turns into wavelets of smoky porch-folk acoustics through "Think
Of You" projecting a dulcet rock swagger. The lyrics in "Think
Of You" are personable like in most of the tracks telling, "When
I lose, you bring me back / when I cry, you make me glad / When I
think I have it bad, I think of you."
Carney's album shows influences of the past meshed with facets
of modern theatrical pop and blues rock. The gritty flange which
Zane Carney uses in his guitar dots the tracks with glistening studs
while chiseling searing bluesy hooks along the chord progressions.
The tracks are melodically polished with a raw rustling that distinguishes
their songs and puts some rock 'n' roll grit into their melodies.
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