First Appeared in The Music Box, April 2005, Volume 12, #4
Written by T.J. Simon
Marc Broussard is a handsome, young Louisiana native whose brand of blue-eyed soul is nicely packaged for today’s MTV generation. His music is undeniable catchy and full of polished moments of calculated passion. Carencro, his major-label debut, opens with its strongest number Home, a hit-worthy bit of songwriting reminiscent of The Subdudes or Robert Randolph and The Family Band. Rock Steady is another infectious pop moment invoking a non-threatening John Mayer-meets-Terence Trent D’Arby vibe, and The Beauty of Who You Are finds Broussard in the midst of a very pretty love song worthy of urban radio R&B. Although the quality of the material slips a bit during the second half of the outing, the music on Carencro never goes off the deep end. Even the more tepid numbers — such as Let Me Leave and Saturday — are flush with attractive hooks that are driven forward by Broussard’s undeniably powerful vocals. In short, while nothing on this disc is particularly original, it is masterfully executed every step of the way. ˝
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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