And the verdict is…

Taylor Hicks’ debut is less The Real Thing and more Carencro. Which, for an artist making his first shift from an independent release to a major label, is about par for the course.

More to come tomorrow. But in the meantime, sample Carencro here (if you’re unfamiliar with the album, you’ll need to listen to clips of everything to get the full analogy, but do not miss the standout tracks “Gavin’s Song,” “Lonely Night in Georgia” and “The Beauty of Who You Are,” and last but not least, “Home”), and read a pretty spot-on review here. Simply put, Broussard is an amazing artist with a voice that’ll blow you away, and when left to his own devices, his work is pure magic. When poppified, however, you can feel the “meh” bubbling up within you. Carencro clearly evidences Broussard’s struggle between a desire to gain mass appeal and airplay, and at the same time remain true to his soulful Cajun roots…and doesn’t that sound like it might describe a certain album dropping on the 12th?

(Oh…and listen to “Home” while looking at the picture of tiny little Marc Broussard, and try to wrap your mind around how that powerful bass comes from that wee body.)


2 Responses to “And the verdict is…”

  1. 1 baxter December 7, 2006 at 12:04 am

    OMG!!! I have seen him in concert 5 times and he gets better every time. He also throws in some covers of Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Donny Hathaway during his shows. I adore this album and usually listen at least once a day. His dad plays on this album. He(dad) is a very well known guitarist as well. At the last show I was at MB sang 2 new songs from is upcoming album, to be released in Jan 2007. Thanks you soooo much for posting about Marc. I have tried to “share” him with as many people that I can. LOVE HIM!!!! IF anyone gets a chance to see him in concert, I can’t tell you to run to the box office fast enough. He is also quite popular with the college crowd, which was in evidence at the last concert.

    Sorry, but I could write about Marc for days………….

    Also check out for tour updates and schedules.

  2. 2 idolicious December 7, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Marc Broussard was playing a concert about 100 miles away, and I was all set to go…until the final exam schedule was released. NATURALLY, I had an exam the following morning. Meh! Not to worry, I get his E-mail alerts and hopefully I’ll be able to catch him if and when he tours to promote the new album…which I cannot WAIT to hear!

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