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Love & War [Barton Carroll]

  • 1. Look Up, Look Down, That Lonesome Road
    2. Scorched Earth
    3. Your Name Must Be Mercy
    4. Cat on a Beach
    5. Dark End of the Street
    6. Way Back to Her, The
    7. Vulture
    8. Small Thing
    9. Day on the Waves
    10. Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 18

  • Credits
    EngineerBarton Carroll

    Personnel: Joseph Banks (cello, upright bass); Todd Reid (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Jim Roth; Barton Carroll.
    Recording information: Ft. Lawton (08/2001-09/2001).
    Arranger: Barton Carroll.
    Barton Carroll, best known as a guitarist with the band Crooked Fingers, recorded Love & War, his second solo album, in 2001, and it took five years before a record company decided to release it. (Carroll's first album, Barton Carroll, recorded in 1999, remained unreleased.) That gap may be explained by the album's stark, uncompromising style. Carroll sings in a rough tenor, often straining toward falsetto, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar for the most part, with occasional other instruments added. His songs, mostly taken at plodding tempos, reflect on the two issues cited in the title with a bleak tone, both in terms of content and style. His wordy lyrics seem to dictate the long melodies, which have an improvised feel. The result often sounds like the music of a rural, untutored folk singer who happens to be well read. ~ William Ruhlmann

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