Carbon Leaf

Carbon Leaf Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat (Vanguard Records; September 2006)

carbon%20leaf%20cd.jpg Carbon Leaf - Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

For their latest recorded offering, Virginian-based quintet Carbon Leaf have seemingly tempered the musical tide of their dynamic Vanguard Records debut Indian Summer. While Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat wanders similar emotional territory to its predecessor – with songs of hope and optimism once again abounding – its message is conveyed through more restrain overtones.

Indian Summer saw the band take a gigantic step away from their Celtic-tinged origins and, rather than sustain that incredible level of progression, this time around they have seemingly chosen to polish the sprightly pop sensibilities which that recording so readily bought to the fore. And, given the embarrassment of riches this band seems to possess in the melody department, the subtlety of this tack works wonders for them.


In anthological terms Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat might not be another album of significant divergence, but rather one of musical succession. In musical terms, however, it is a shimmering gem of popular music

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