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Carney
Mr. Green, Volume 1
Interscope Records
www.carneytheband.com


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.

-Susan Frances

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