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Carol Noonan lived up to the promise of Absolution with her equally superb sophomore effort, Noonan Building & Wrecking. This is a CD that, with the right exposure, could have made Noonan as big as Natalie Merchant or Melissa Etheridge. In fact, anyone doubting that she is in a class with those singers need only listen to "Creatures of Habit," "Did You Ever" or "Love You Til the End," songs demonstrating that she is an artist of considerable depth and substance. Not that Noonan sounds like either Merchant or Etheridge, but she does parallel them in her ability to deliver amplified folk and jangly-guitar music that rock and pop fans can appreciate. And she also has a certain amount of country appeal. It wasn't hard to imagine the twangy "Getty" being played on a mid-1990s country station next to Tricia Yearwood or Patty Loveless. But while Noonan Building & Wrecking may not have been a multi-platinum seller, the New Englander did have a small following that swore by her.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Growing up in an Irish family, Carol Noonan was influenced early on by traditional British music. She gained popularity around the Boston area with her band, Knots and Crosses. With help from local radio, Creatures of Habit (their debut) sold well. The band's next album, Curve of the Earth, earned Noonan an Outstanding Female Vocalist award at the Boston Music Awards. She and the band later separated, giving her time to pursue a solo career. Ben Wittman produced her 1995 debut, Absolution; the LP...
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