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Album Review

Celtic and jam band aesthetics merge to create a meandering, somewhat monochromatic impression throughout this live double-CD set. The first is the lesser element; emerald accoutrements pop up rarely in these largely acoustic mixes, and when they do they seem more decorative than essential. It would be easy, for example, to erase the prominent tin whistle part in "Wandrin' Around" without substantially affecting the song's integrity or impact. No vibrato and not much dynamic expression infect the solo and harmony vocals; even on the a cappella studio-recorded "Gloryland" the rustic Appalachian echoes come across as correct but somewhat bloodless. The band, similarly, purrs contentedly, revealing no rough edges and betraying few outbursts of passion. (The arco bass solo and snappy hand percussion that kick off "American Tale" offer stimulating contrast to this otherwise mellow flow.) Even the audience seems pretty sedate, silent during the music and warmly appreciative, though not exactly hysterical, between tracks. With plenty of familiar titles from previous albums, 5 Alive! offers comfort to the converted and something less than that to newcomers. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Customer Reviews


fell in love with this band when I heard them live in Richmond. Home is a fantastic song. Beautiful Irish influenced music.

Carbon leaf

This group has more than just talent!!!! I just saw them for the fourth of July and I fell in love with this band!!!....and the lead singer he had epic hair! I'm glad I found this band! I love them and their music!

Crazy train lol

When i heard that it made me laugh :P
Totally recomend this album


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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