Carol Bean: Crossing the Dirty River (carolbean.com)

 |   |  <1 min read

Carol Bean: Evidence
Carol Bean: Crossing the Dirty River (carolbean.com)

This album by peripatetic British-born, LA-raised country-blues rocker singer-guitarist Bean -- now resident in NZ -- has been around the stereo for perhaps so long I forgot to post it.

With a tight, revolving door band which includes slippery and earthy guitar by Mike Petrie, Robbie Duncan, Mark Laurent and Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Bean delivers some serious messages (although the Pacific reggae on Power of the People seems a bit tired) and is at its best when she errs to the gritty, personal blues end rather than bemoans the cultural imperialism of American cartoons.

When the mood drops on Catch she reveals another, more intimate, side however which is heard at its best in the reflective Looking Like a Holy Man right at the end.

Over the long haul Bean's vocals lack the necessary range for some of the material here, but when she gets the band kicking you know she must shake walls in pubs and clubs.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

Chris Stapleton: From a Room, Vol 1 (Mercury)

Chris Stapleton: From a Room, Vol 1 (Mercury)

Because we essayed this superb songwriter and gruff-voiced singer on the back of his debut album Traveller last year we won't revisit that ground . . . only to say here is a guy whose music has... > Read more

Guy Clark: Workbench Songs (Dualtone)

Guy Clark: Workbench Songs (Dualtone)

Clark has been one of the pillars of West Texas/Mex-influenced singer-songwriters, and of his dozen or so albums at least half would be in any serious country and alt.country collection. For... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: Home and away

CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: Home and away

I've been lucky when I've travelled: I've never lost luggage, only once missed a flight (but salvaged a funny story out of it), have been held up at Customs frequently but again, funny stories.... > Read more

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

By the time Albert King started recording the music which would appear as his seminal Born Under a Bad Sign album, he'd been around and seen around for so long he'd reached a point – at... > Read more