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Carbon Leaf, which formed in 1992, has been infusing its indie rock with Celtic folk for so long that by this 2013 album those roots surfaced, buckling the ground that once contained them. The sprightly played tin whistle in the opening “Bloody Good Bar Fight Song” brings to mind a peaceful panorama of Ireland’s sprawling emerald landscapes. But that's nicely balanced with lyrics that goad the song’s protagonist into a bout of fisticuffs at the neighborhood tavern. When vocalist Barry Privett nonchalantly sings “Just a few broken bones/And the teeth begin to fly,” it’s easy to envision the smashing of pint glasses. Electric guitars match rootsy fiddles and Uillean pipes in the following standout, “The Donnybrook Affair,” which plays a little like a Flogging Molly song (sans punk foundation). With dynamically layered rootsy instrumentation and whimsical tin whistle notes taking the place of lead vocals, it’s understandable why the buoyant instrumental jam “Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle” was chosen for title-track status.

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Carbon Leaf is back with a fun, lighthearted and Celtic inspired album. if you love songs like "This is my song" , "The Boxer" , "Seed"etc you will enjoy! Keep it up boys.

Privett, Clark, & Co. do it again!

I first discovered the celtic/irish pleasure of Carbon Leaf in "the Boxer" and "Follow the Lady" when I was just out of high school, thanks to a friend. Upon purchasing their discography, I noticed the folk-y sound, though less celtic, continue on in Paloma, Changeless, Block of Wood, and Under the Wire. After the last big release of 'Nothing Rhymes With Woman' and another slew of amazing songs, I wondered when another celtic-esque piece would come rolling from the strings and speakers of the boys of Carbon Leaf.

Low and behold, 'Ghost Dragon' has done it! Regaining their amazing celtic/Irish feel in this album, they have succeeded in producing deep melodies, notable and meaningful lyrics, and all-around catchy songs. This album is definitely different from their past ones, as this album is comprised of pieces that are solely identifiable as 'celtic', and is definitely worth the listen.

What's my favorite new song?

All of them. Every. Single. One.


Formed: 1992 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Carbon Leaf's brand of rootsy, Celtic-influenced rock originated in the same Richmond, VA, scene that nurtured Dave Matthews Band, Agents of Good Roots, and Pat McGee Band. Guitarist Terry Clark, vocalist Barry Privett, bassist Jordan Medas, guitarist Carter Gravatt, and drummer Scott Milstead built up a considerable following and were soon releasing albums through their own label. Meander appeared in 1996, with Shadows in the Banquet Hall and Ether-Electrified Porch Music following in quick succession....
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