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Nothin' Like the Summer

Carmen Rasmusen

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Album Review

Carmen Rasmusen's name and face might ring a bell for fans of American Idol; she made it into the final six during the second season of the television program, the same season that made Clay Aiken a star. It would be easy to dismiss Rasmusen based on such ignoble beginnings, and she certainly does aim squarely at the polished, often artistically anemic world of mainstream country with her album Nothin' Like the Summer. The weakness of this album is in its predictability: Every country-pop flourish is employed here, particularly on the title track, which reels off a list of bucolic, rural memories, delighting in the kind of sepia-toned front-porch/fishing-pole pap that Nashville has tried to sell listeners countless times before. (And, frankly, Rasmusen seems a bit young to have such nostalgic reveries.) In fact, every track here seems to employ a tried-and-true template, from every chord progression, to every sentiment, to every vocal nuance, to every peal of pedal steel. (Rasmusen is credited with a couple of co-writes, but for the most part, the songs are manufactured for her by other songwriters.) Nevertheless, Rasmusen does have a nice set of pipes and a rich, rounded tone that is reminiscent of the ivory-throated Kelly Willis. For the most part though, this is a predictable album. But in the mainstream country music world, predictability can often open doors.

Customer Reviews

Country + summer time= Hits!

Great job Carmen! Such a beautiful and unique voice! I have never heard a voice so pure!

Good Job, Carmen

The album is great! This girl is a great songwriter!

How fun!

Oh this girl should have stuck with singing country from the very beginning! There are fantastic, fun songs! Never would have thought I would buy her record, but...I just did. Love it.

Biography

Born: March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta, Cana

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

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A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Carmen Rasmusen was born March 25, 1985, in Edmonton, Canada, though she grew up in Bountiful, Utah. She took both dance and piano lessons at an early age, and at 13 she began singing lessons. In 2003, shortly before her 18th birthday, she joined the contestants on the second season of American Idol as a wild-card pick. Though Rasmusen finished in sixth place, she wasn't deterred, releasing an EP, Carmen, the following year, touring the...
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