Carolyn AlRoy releases new CD
Carolyn AlRoy releases new 5 song CD in June 2010
We first mentioned Hoboken resident & Musician Carolyn AlRoy back in 2007 – when she released her first CD “Gorgeous Enormous” (see that after the jump), and now she’s back with another 5 song EP.
She’s having a release party at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan (317 E. Houston St.) on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 – from 7pm to 10pm.
Take a listen to one song off her new album, entitled, “Smart Girls” here:[audio:http://hoboken411.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Carolyn-AlRoy-Smart-Girls.mp3|titles=Carolyn AlRoy – Smart Girls]
SEE ORIGINAL POST FROM 2007 – AFTER THE JUMP!
Speaking of the Holiday Banding Concert this Sunday over at Maxwell’s , I got a chance to listen to “Gorgeous Enormous,” a recent CD from Carolyn AlRoy, who will be performing at the show. Below is my completely “not a critic” style music review. Honest, regular guy review, but not polished like a “lavishly decadent” restaurant review.
For those that know me and understand what my particular musical taste is, know I’m not a music reviewer for the masses. By no means am I tone-deaf or musically challenged (I can play both piano and drums,) I tend to prefer off-beat, eclectic tracks that people are not ready to listen to yet, or mixes and mashups that take two already known songs and muck the living daylights out of them (I love the technical details behind a bootleg.) However, I do find a a few “slightly” more commercial artists appealing (see: Radiohead, Beck) and of course classics like Led Zeppelin, The Who, etc. Not sure about you, but what I hear on car radios driving by these days really sound like garbage to me. What happened to good music?
But something rare happened when I popped this CD in. On first listen, I noticed myself being at ease with the sounds I was hearing. I hear musical notes way before words. I consider the words in the beginning just another instrument . Pleasant, melodic and airy tracks filled the air. Score 1 for: “not disturbing me.”
Curiously, I almost got mesmerized to the point where I was extra comfortable, and was able to focus on my work. Bonus. Simple, clean well composed tracks. Her voice and the accompanying instruments meshed well together. Not sure if it’s insulting to call it “soft rock not for old people?” I did listen to the CD a couple more times, and if you’re the type that really enjoy lyrics, there are a few very open and honest sounding songs that stood out, such as the song “My First Mistake,” a deeper, more emotional piece what seems like it’s about a bad relationship.
Enough of my next-to-impossible to understand review (written around 5am today – 1/2 awake – sorry Carolyn!)
Here’s some excerpts from some of her reviews in the press. You’ll probably benefit more from reading these, than getting into my mind:
- “She draws you in and keeps you guessing – and actually giving a damn – whether she’s going to make it past the pit without falling in and disappearing.”
- About the song “Anything Can Happen”: – “The melody soars in on a bed of electric guitars pulsing in and out to create a hypnotic, echoe-y backdrop”
- “Fans of Aimee Mann, Jenifer Jackson, and Neko Case will love this cd”
Where to hear tracks:
- Her website: www.carolynalroy.com
- Myspace: www.myspace.com/carolynalroy
- Cd Baby: www.cdbaby.com/cd/carolynalroy
Hope some of you enjoy this local artist.