Carpenter, Bob / Silent Passage
Album: Silent Passage   Collection:General
Artist:Carpenter, Bob   Added:Apr 2015
Label:No Quarter  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-04-17 Pull Date: 2015-06-19
Week Ending: May 24 May 3 Apr 26
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 29, 2017: Traditions - Happy New Year
The Believer
4. May 23, 2015: Street Hassle
Silent Passage
2. Dec 22, 2017: Traditions - Merry Christmas
Miracle Man
5. May 01, 2015: funk to folk
Miracle Man
3. Sep 19, 2017: Waste FM
Miracle Man
6. Apr 22, 2015: Brownian Motion
Silent Passage

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2015-04-16

Recorded in the ‘70s folk-rock heyday, this should have been a hit album, but wasn’t released due to contract issues. It had every advantage: producer Brian Ahern made many classic records in the genre; the songs are well written; Carpenter’s deep, husky baritone is rich & beautiful when he sings out with full voice (like Gordon Lightfoot or Harry Chapin) or he can drop down into a gravely Leonard Cohen (#7) or Tom Waits (#8-10) growl. The band includes monster session guys Lee Sklar, Russ Kunkel, and Bill Payne.

No FCC issues.

1 ** Mid-tempo. Great start. Feel-good traveling song. Bottleneck solo by Lowell George (of Little Feat). Female chorus harmonies include Anne Murray. (3:16)
2 * Slow. Gorgeous ballad about self-discovery. Sung with his fullest, best voice. Emmylou just stuns in the backing vocals. (2:51)
3 Mid-tempo. Big baritone voice here reminds me of Michael McDonald. (3:43)
4 Slow. Emotional. With organ & synth’d strings. Imagery of journey & conquest. (4:53)
5 Mid-tempo train song. A bit overdone with strings, winds, voices, etc, etc. (4:30)
6 ** Slow ballad. Beautiful melody. Just his gravel voice & strummed guitar for several verses, then soothing strings enter, and they’re just right. (3:44)
7 Slow, mournful. He talk-sings in a low, Leonard Cohen growl. (4:40)
Tracks 8-10 all sound much like Tom Waits vocally. Add synth’d strings & winds to lead instrument mentioned. Would go well with early Waits ballads like Martha or Ol ’55.
8 ** Slow, stately. Strummed acoustic guitar, plus steel guitar, strings, winds. (2:53)
9 * Slow. Another pretty, gravely ballad. Finger-style guitar, piano, strings, winds. (4:46)
10 * Slow. The big finish. Sad love song. Piano with orchestra sized strings & winds. (2:19)

Track Listing
1. Miracle Man   6. The Believer
2. Silent Passage   7. Gypsy Boy
3. Old Friends   8. Down Along The Border
4. First Light   9. Before My Time
5. Morning Train   10. Now And Then