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Marc BroussardAudio CD
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  • 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 (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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

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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I say, "The Best Album I've Heard in '04"! 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great CD......Almost August 4, 2004
By Patrick
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i don't review for less than perfect September 2, 2004
By Lauren
Format:Audio CD
I am having serious issues with ever removing this from my CD player. I recently saw Gavin Degraw in concert and went in with no clue who Marc Broussard was. I wound up buying the live performance AND Carencro; he put on a helluva show. He's young and puts out a great energy and vibe; his vocals are so soulful and at times remind me of James Brown, plus I love the combination of blues, soul, rock. Don't be expecting just another singer-songwriter with a guitar, because while those labels might be applicable, that's definitely not all there is to Marc Broussard.

HOME - Co-written by his father. It's such a soulful and powerful song. Definitely one of the highlights. This shows off his voice so well.

ROCKSTEADY - One of my favorites, just because it's so fun. So what if the lyrics aren't so deep? I'm not looking for life changing lyrics, just a good song. I love this song, and the chorus is so catchy. Would have made a great first single, IMO.

THE BEAUTY OF WHO YOU ARE - Okay, despite some predictable, boyband-ish lyrics, I still love this song. The vocals are really soulful and smooth.

SAVE ME - Amazing. Love the chorus; the "save me"s are...oh, just listen to it and you'll get it.

COME AROUND - The "do do do"s should sound cheesy but don't. This will get you up dancing and singing. Also, such a strong chorus and love the bridge. Definitely the perfect song, my favorite off Carencro.

WHERE YOU ARE - Something a little different, slower and a little more pop-ish. I can see why it was released as the first single, but it wouldn't have been my first choice. Still a great song, but not the strongest on here.

LONELY NIGHT IN GEORGIA - So much soul, what a GREAT song. Feels really bluesy. What a highlight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best CD's you can own
This is one of the best CD's you can own. I lost over 3,000 cd's in a house fire and this was one of the first cd's I purchased.
Published 25 days ago by Cecelia
5.0 out of 5 stars You will love his music!
What an awesome CD! If you've never heard of Marc Broussard then you've got to get this CD! You will love his music! Read more
Published 2 months ago by divagyrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent songs and sounds
I first heard Marc Broussard years ago when someone gave me a "mix cd" to listen to while I was driving between Texas and Georgia. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Texas Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I love the song Home, but the rest of it is just okay.
Published 3 months ago by CB
4.0 out of 5 stars Bluesy and So. Louisiana vibe
Heard the song "Home" on the monitors at the Hard Rock Cafe and loved it immediately. I had to Shazam the song to see who it was, and I ordered the CD as soon as I got... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars BIrthday present...
My girlfriend and her husband absolutely love this artist and played his music 3 times in a row. Absolutely a great gift. Thank you.
Published 5 months ago by Cathy Daeda
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD he ever put out!!!
Been a fan of Marc for more years than I can remember....If you have never heard of the artist or just saw his video Home on VH1. It is worth the purchase!!!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Can never get enough of this CD, his music is amazing and it stays in the car and gets played every day
Published 5 months ago by tina badding
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I bought this CD for one song "Home"...this song drives a person to tap his foot, shake his head and proclaim "Oh Yeah! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jake Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much...
I had read a review of this CD and it sounded interesting. My husband and I love his voice and he has a nice selection of songs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jen S.
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