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.

Recommended.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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