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Album Review

One of the most appealing folk-oriented (that is, folk mixed with rock, pop and/or country) artists to emerge in the mid-1990s, Carol Noonan had another gem in her third solo album, The Only Witness. Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Sandy Denny and Judy Collins continued to influence the expressive New Englander, but she never sounds like a clone of any of them. Whether favoring a pastoral setting on the traditional "Queen Jane" and her own "Under My Eyes" or going for a grittier, more electric approach on "Break Her Heart" and "Not Coming Home," Noonan once again proves that she's a fine singer-songwriter in her own right. Illustrating how poignant Noonan can be, "Not Coming Home" describes a woman who has lost her paramour and is holding on to his various possessions as a way of remembering him. The song could have easily become maudlin or self-pitying, but a healthy amount of rock-edged toughness prevents that from happening.


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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The Only Witness, Carol Noonan Band
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1997

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