Carbon Leaf

Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat (Vanguard
; September 2006)

Carbon Leaf - Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat

For their latest recorded offering, Virginian-based quintet
have seemingly tempered the musical tide of their dynamic
Vanguard Records debut Indian Summer. While Love, Loss, Hope,
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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