Carbon Leaf — "Indian Summer"

The latest Carbon Leaf CD, Indian Summer, came in the mail last week. I’ve been giving it some serious play time in my office stereo.

Indian Summer, the band’s fifth studio album, marks a change in the band’s musical direction, with the eleven songs all falling squarely in the guitar-based pop groove and the Celtic influences that marked Ether-Electrified Porch Music and Echo Echo wholly absent. The music has a wistful quality, with the songs speaking to feelings of loss and longing.

Stand out songs on the album include “Life Less Ordinary,” “What About Everything?” and the album’s masterpiece, “When I’m Alone.” The album has sounds a little more produced, a little more polished than the band’s earlier albums, with echo and other effects on several tracks.

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