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Album Review

Make no mistake about it, Marc Broussard can sing. With a husky baritone that sounds like some Louisiana version of David Ruffin and an upward range that suggests Al Green or Eddie Kendricks, Broussard's soulful phrasing carries a kind of joyous and yet world-weary wisdom that belies his age. The lead track here, "Home" (the album is named after Broussard's hometown of Carencro, LA), is immediately stunning. A huge and atmospheric swampy Motown stomp, "Home" sounds like Otis Redding from some alternate universe — one in which he doesn't die in a plane crash — singing swamp pop with all the funk of a Memphis Stax groove and all the ghostly alligator voodoo of Dr. John. An explosively effective track, "Home" is a hard act to follow, and the rest of this album seems to trail in its wake. "Save Me" sounds like it could be a winning single for the neo-MTV generation, and Broussard's surprisingly joyous vocal (you can tell he takes glee in singing, a trait, again, that recalls Al Green) masks a somewhat codependent lyric, while "Lonely Night in Georgia" sounds like John Hiatt trying to channel Ray Charles. There is a journeyman's feel to some of the songs, but Broussard's soulful vocals always find a meaningful corner to work from in just about everything here, and one can't help but feel this guy has a monster album in him just around the corner. Carencro isn't a masterpiece (although "Home" certainly is), but it is a solid, professional, and undeniably soulful outing, and anyone who can sing like this kid is definitely going to set the world reeling back on its heels eventually.

Customer Reviews

Soulful & Brilliant

It's hard to get away from the catchy hit "home" but after many times listening to the CD, it's quickly become one of my favorite CDs as a whole. "The Beauty of Who You Are" is a beautiful love ballad that sends chills down my spine when I think of the lyrics. "Saturday" is a fun and catchy song about the truth of sleeping in on Saturday and how it feels so good. But my new favorite is the other single from the album, "The Wanderer." This song combines some of the soul from "Home" but has the lighter upbeat tempo. The last two songs are pretty mellow and a great way to end the album. I will be interested to see if Marc Broussard goes in the direction of a Shawn Mullins with that soulful feel or if he will fall into the trap of pop music. Soulful and brilliant.

Why arent we hearing this guy on the radio!!!

I found thig guy while searching other similar sounding artists. Marc has a great voice and is definitly musicly talented. The only reason i can come up with for why songs like, Rocksteady, Come Around, and The Wanderer aren being played on the radio is beacause of their lenghth. Theres a few things to them that i can see not working on radio but i will say that Marc has an extreme talent for writeing a really catchy chorus. Check out those songs, if u like them get the whole cd.

Great vocals, musical range and depth of expression

This is one of the best albums I've heard in quite a while, and well worth the album price. Really solid vocal performance with good tone, range and versatility. Guitars are tasty, drums kick, bass thumps and the mix is tall, wide and deep as it should be with a decent amount of headroom despite a tad too much compression and expansion. I hope ya'll like it as much as I do.


Born: January 14, 1982 in Carencro, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard, singer/songwriter Marc Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana, instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the preternaturally gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first album's...
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