Nothing Rhymes with Woman, the latest release from Richmond,
Virginia born Carbon Leaf, is a sound to which all folk rock musicians should
aspire. Yeah, it’s really that good. No album is perfect, of course. But this
one comes close.
Hollywood,” the weakest track on the album: “Don’t you cry
on Oscar night/Lifted off from Mother Earth/To find her elusive smile/You can’t
buy authentic vibe.” Ok, the lyrics are a bit corny but that’s a minor flaw
when you consider the flawless sound and vocal tone – think of how you’d talk
to a young girl with broken dreams and you’ve got it.
with Carbon Leaf is that so many of their songs flow so well with lyrics that are
emotionally brilliant, it underscores any that have minor defects. It’s why you don’t want to stand next to the
best looking person at the bar – even if you’re as hot as [fill in celeb’s name
here] you set yourself up for unfavorable comparisons.
That’s what we
have here. When “Cinnamindy” begins – full of lilting acoustic guitars and poignant
lyrics (“She’s kids to raise/She’s got bills to feed/And her pride is a higher
horse/Than some bum of a man upon a steed”), it’s clearly Blue Ribbon contender
time. The same can be said of most of the other songs including the slow tempo
ballad “Mexico” and “Seed” which has a hint of Celtic sound (trust us, it
works) in the opening.
True, Nothing Rhymes with Woman, but it does
Standout Tracks: “Cinnamindy,” “Seed” NANCY DUNHAM