Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- CARPENTER -- Law Of The Land

LAW OF THE LAND
Carpenter
Smallman Records
7-out-of-10
I will start by saying I generally like Law of the Land.But, and you knew there had to be a but here, there are times it just seems Carpenter tries a bit too hard. There is a forcefulness to the vocals here that at times just seems a bit too forced. At times it comes across as if they're pushing the music, not because the song demands it, but because they think that's what listeners want to hear.Carpenter needs to learn to relax a little and let the song dictate how hard they push at the microphone.It comes across just right on a song such as A Different Life, the lead cut, and a very solid song to intro the CD.Then on the very next song; You Can't Keep A Good Man Down, you hear a hint of being pushed, and on Off The Road, it just goes too far.The result is a CD that sounds a bit too much alike at times, because lead singer Daniel Sioui comes at every song the same forceful way vocally.Still, cuts such as Tell Me, are very good, and it is as forceful vocally as any on the CD.This is the debut CD for Carpenter, although Sioui was with the Vancouver band All State Champion previously. Hopefully as he grows as a musician he'll learn he doesn't have to try quite so hard on every cut to catch attention. Sioui has a solid voice, if not spectacular, and he could quiet it all down a notch, or two on a song here and there to add variety, and give the listener a softer interlude to break the sound barrier down a bit.Now it's not that Carpenter is a screamer band, Sioui notes he was influenced by John Cougar Mellencamp's American Fool, and you can sort of hear the homage here.Overall, a solid effort, that could have been great with a little adjustment here and there.Check them out at http://smallmanrecords.com/bands/carpenter/
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 10, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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