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    Daniel Cartier:

    Revival

    Tue, 21 Sep 2004 14:42:59

    Album Reviews: Revival by Daniel Cartier

    Although Daniel Cartier has half a dozen albums to his credit over the last several years, Revival is the first recording by this versatile electro-folkie to be issued on his own Endurance Music label. It’s an important move for Cartier, an artist with a uniquely eclectic vision. While he expresses passable strengths in everything from straight-ahead rock to jungle, his most winning songs rely on a distinctive brand of acoustic folk with heavy doses of programmed beats and other electronics. The unpredictable electronica flourishes combined with Cartier's emotive lyrics and vocals inject the well-worn singer/songwriter genre with fresh vitality and give his music both depth and buoyancy.

    Not everything on this album works well; “Everybody Wants to Be Loved By Somebody,” for instance, comes off as a run-of-the-mill house track. On the other hand, “All the Times I’ve Seen You Go By” and “Spin,” both of which feature Cartier primarily alone with his guitar, indicate that he is a talented songsmith working in a genre that has little new, in and of itself, to offer. - Cory O'Malley

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