10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian pop-rock doesn’t get much smarter or more beguiling than Seize the Day, the sophomore album by Maryland trio Carousel Rogues. Lead singer/songwriter Caitlin Nethery Anselmo tempers a Leigh Nash–like sweetness with a playful edge worthy of The Cardigans or No Doubt. Tunes like “A Star Is Never Bored,” “Cut Me Cleanly,” and “Sugar Rose” are lyrically witty and gorgeously melodic; they're lent extra sparkle by Ben Shive’s inspired daubs of synths and strings. “Strong Trees” and the title track touch on faith without preachiness. Seize the Day is a pop gem well worth grabbing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian pop-rock doesn’t get much smarter or more beguiling than Seize the Day, the sophomore album by Maryland trio Carousel Rogues. Lead singer/songwriter Caitlin Nethery Anselmo tempers a Leigh Nash–like sweetness with a playful edge worthy of The Cardigans or No Doubt. Tunes like “A Star Is Never Bored,” “Cut Me Cleanly,” and “Sugar Rose” are lyrically witty and gorgeously melodic; they're lent extra sparkle by Ben Shive’s inspired daubs of synths and strings. “Strong Trees” and the title track touch on faith without preachiness. Seize the Day is a pop gem well worth grabbing.

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Ratings and Reviews

Oli The Cat

Seize The Day review

Hi Rogues fans. Well, here we are again, reviewing an incredible second album by the Carousel Rogues. I can't sing enough praise for this album. This band has really gelled into a force to be reckoned with. This undoubtedly has a lot to do with the skill of Nashville producer Ben Shive, who produced their first album. He has developed a sensitivity for their sound that greatly improves the Rogue's product.

The band itself is made up of three people. Caitlin has written most of the songs, and sings most of them on the album. Her voice is smooth and crystal-clear. Zack also joins her for some of the songs, and Dan actually wrote a song and sings it himself! So this band has a lot of depth to it.

They also brought to bear some extra forces, including an excellent drummer, the son of a Grammy-winning artist, and strings and an early music expert from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland (Caitlin's alma mater).

"Seize The Day" is a great album. So I gave it five stars. Grab ahold of it and see if you agree with me. By the way, why don't you look at what this band has put on YouTube. Search for "'Seize The Day: Mini-Documentary". I think this 12-minute video will amaze you.

Okay, let's cut to the chase, time to list the songs that I think are the best on this album. It doesn't mean that you will agree with me. But, at least it proves that I have listened to the album.

I like the following songs: "Lead Balloon", "Strong Trees", "Leave It In The Past", the title track "Seize The Day", "Return To You", "Sugar Rose".

Well, I realize that I've listed over half the album. But it is that good an album. See if you agree with me, let me know.

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