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Al Stewart - 24 Carrots (2007) Retail CD
Prog-Rock/ Art Rock
The pun of the title of 24 Carrots — the first overt signal of humor Al Stewart has displayed in years, possibly ever — illustrates that a lot has changed since 1978's Time Passages. The loosening of his wit is perhaps the most evident, but the most significant is the departure of producer Alan Parsons, who collaborated with Stewart on his mid-'70s triptych of masterpieces. In truth, 24 Carrots isn't far removed from those high points, because he is indeed still writing at a remarkably consistent pace. No, this record isn't quite at the high standard of the previous three albums, butmore… it does have a number of brilliant moments, from the opening "Running Man," through the silly but effective "Mondo Sinistro" and the gorgeous "Midnight Rocks." Though there are some songs that don't quite click (something that did not happen on the aforementioned trio), overall the record coheres nicely, thanks not just to the uniform classiness of Stewart's songs, but to his production with Chris Desmond. Although the production does hint at the antiseptic cleanliness that sank many of his latter-day recordings, here, it is just a perfect balance of audio precision and elegant studiocraft. Despite its occasional missteps, it still is a fine record, a fitting, wistful coda to Stewart's classic period. [Razor & Tie's 1993 contains three bonus tracks.]
|6||Medley: Murmansk Run/Ellis Island|
|7||Rocks In the Ocean|
|8||Paint By Numbers|
|10||Candy Came Back|
|11||The Ringing Of Bells|
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