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Broussard's high octane take-off uses no formula at all. Instead he offers a blend of abilities, styles & enthusiasms uniquely adapted to himself on his debut album, Carencro. He calls himself "a white boy singing soul music." But that's deceptive because his music draws from everything he's absorbed. "I feel like I've melded a bunch of things together that people haven't focused on for a long time." In his songs can be heard influences & accents ranging from soul men like Stevie Wonder & Brian McKnight to Louisiana icons like Johnny Allan & G.G. Shin to road warriors like Dave Matthews. What the 22-year old Broussard takes from all of this is a sense of craft & above all, great depth of feeling. That's what makes him so soulful. Well, that & his husky baritone with a range similar to Wonder, or another influence, Donny Hathaway. Like them, Broussard moves up & down the scales without any sign of effort-the hard work he puts into his music isn't meant to show. When it comes to music, Broussard is like a bayou rendition of The Natural.

Carencro, named for Marc Broussard's Louisiana hometown, is at times a swamp-pop masterpiece, with leadoff track "Home" stealing the mud-crusted show. What happens in the 11 songs that follow, though, could redeem major record labels from their bullying reputations. Because instead of shoving this pop/rock/soul/R&B wunderkind in the right direction--that being the direction that center-spears his gift for channeling greats like Sam Cooke, John Hiatt, and Stevie Wonder in the space of a single song--whoever was in charge let him wander, and what resulted is a collection that, while hugely promising, fails to measure up to his big, baritoney talent. The songwriting is troublesome in spots ("I know you can break these chains/and set me free," from "Save Me"), and the genre shifts, while fun ("Saturday" is a '70s-style, horn-studded affair), can be jarring. For next go-round, fans--he will earn them, and deservedly, with this disc--should keep their fingers crossed that "Home" is where his heart is. --Tammy La Gorce

1. Home
2. Rocksteady
3. The Beauty Of Who You Are
4. Save Me
5. Come Around
6. Where You Are
7. Lonely Night In Georgia
8. Saturday
9. The Wanderer
10. Hope For Me Yet
11. Let Me Leave
12. Silent Track 1
13. Silent Track 2
14. Silent Track 3
15. Silent Track 4
16. Silent Track 5
17. Silent Track 6
18. Silent Track 7
19. Silent Track 8
20. Silent Track 9
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0002IQIG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2004
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In a year where John Meyer and Jason Mraz have scored big with quality songs and a "boy meets guitar" image, it is a travesty that Marc Broussard has not experienced similar sucess. Maybe the reason is that Broussard's label chose to release "Where You Are" as its lead single, even though it is nowhere close to the best song on this amazing album. Maybe it is because while Broussard's voice - chock full of Louisiana soul - is second to none, it may be a bit too 'raw' for radio. Whatever the reason, Marc Broussard may be the best artist few people have heard of.

But he fully deserves to be 'heard of!' I do not take my proclomation that this is the best album of '04 lightly, but this CD really does deserve to grace your CD shelf.

First, there is Broussard's vocal talent. I cannot truthfully think of but a handful of vocalists that match Broussard in combining pure soul with a rock-and-roll grit. (Sometimes, it is Stevie Wonder; others, it is Joe Cocker.) Next, there are the songs. Rare is the album one can listen to all the way through and encounter no 'filler' material. This disc is a rarity in the sense that while the strong tracks are infectious, even the weaker tracks beat the pants off those you would hear on most albums. In other words, the CD is completely listenable, and Broussard's songwriting talent (he co-wrote all the tracks) is obvous.

My favorites are Home (a southern-drenched and scorchingly funky rock tune), Rocksteady (a poppish tune with an uneniable melody) Come Around (an old-school R&B track that SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST SINGLE!!!) and Hope For Me Yet (the obligatory but necessary pop ballad THAT SHOULD BE THE SECOND SINGLE!!!).

Good album. So stop reading my review, and buy it already!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By George McAdams VINE VOICE on August 13, 2005
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Marc Broussard, along with Will Hoge and Michael Tolcher, is part of a trio of southern singer/songwriter/performers who is sparking a rebirth of "The Southern" performer as the magnetic point for great music that hasn't been seen since the early 1970's when the Allman Brothers, et. al., were in their infancy.

Marc's greatest strength is a voice that is part growl, part syrup, and part silky pleasure. His songs aren't the type that are either hit or miss, all of them are good, but some, such as "Come Around" and "Rocksteady," lack the depth of "Home" or "The Beauty of You."

As a performer, he is at another level than the studio CD's communicate to the listener, sort of like drinking a "hot totty" with ones favorite dark Jamaican rum versus mere rum flavor added to ones coffee.

Would I buy the CD again? Sure would! And, I'd recommend it to any and everyone who like the sound of Southern rock. I'd also recommend you take-in one of his shows and grab one of his "live" CD's.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on August 4, 2004
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Let me start by saying that I love the man's voice. I was not too thrilled with the studio sound on the previous release, Momentary Setback, but some of the songs came across really well, even under all of the studio trickery.

That being said, I'd heard that Carencro would be a much more organic sounding CD, and that I completely agree with. This CD, music wise, is very, very good. Lyric-wise, however, I feel this CD is lacking alot. I know some of them are meant to be feel-good songs, but I can't help but wonder if some of his lyrics were written for the pop crowd. That being said, he has one of the most powerful voices I've ever heard, especially in a 22-year old white boy. And he has more soul than a lot of people twice his age. So I give him huge props for that. Here's the breakdown:

Home - If the rest of the CD sounded this damn good, I'd be saying this CD is one of the top CD's of the decade. Brilliant, brilliant work. His voice gave me chills, the music is top notch, and the song is wonderful. 10/10

Rocksteady - Maybe I'm just not a big party person, but this song makes me feel embarrassed to hear sometimes. I know, this is a much-beloved song around here, but I cannot latch on to this one single bit. 2/10

The Beauty of Who You Are - Very soulful, very smooth song. I love to listen to this, regardless of whether or not it sounds like a boy-band song. Great stuff...... 8/10

Save Me - Good song. Has a good rhythm and really moves well. 7/10

Where You Are - I don't know why he chose this as a single because, as someone else put it, it doesn't sound like him at all. It also is one of the weaker tracks on the CD. But, it might bring him enough of the younger fans to make an impact.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on July 5, 2005
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I bought this CD because I really liked the song "Home" and saw him perform it live on TV and heard a live acoustic version on the radio. I'm a big fan of that blues rock stuff so I knew I would like this CD if there was more stuff like "Home" on it. After a few months, I decided to pick up the CD. The first time I listened to the CD, I thought there were a few good songs, but I also got the impression that some of the songs were too "poppy" for my tastes as if trying to appeal to a broader demographic of teenage girls.

I'm very glad, however, that I kept listening to the CD. As I listened to the CD, I began to see beyond what I first characterized as "poppy" and hear more of Marc's bayou blues roots in the music. I've seen people compare him to John Mayer and Jason Mraz, and while not a bad comparison, I think the music reminds me more of some of the good Kenny Wayne Shepherd or Jonny Lang (but maybe 'tamed' a bit for a wider audience). Anybody who likes this kind of music will likely enjoy this CD.


Update: I actually bought the CD and wrote my review without reading any of the reviews here. I came back and read several of the more recent ones and I just had a few things I wanted to address. I definitely agree that if Marc gets the clout to control more of his production, his music will be even better. It just seems a bit glossy and packaged next to his rough vocals. I almost feel like the production tried to bury his gritty blues with some more polished pop stuff, but I think they need to showcase the soul of the music instead. I don't think we've seen the 100% "real" Marc Broussard yet.
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