The Thomas-Carr Affair - Souls Cafe British Product Audio Samples Available

Souls Cafe by The Thomas-Carr Affair

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Pop, CD, Album, Independent
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Britain's Rose and Darren Thomas-Carr cook up a mix of pop, jazz and hip-hop grooves on their debut album.

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  1. 1. Step Back IH 02
  2. 2. Lifes Real IH 02
  3. 3. Life's Real Groove IH 02
  4. 4. Sometimes In My Need IH 03
  5. 5. Fly Away IH 03
  6. 6. 2006 IH 02
  7. 7. Troubled Times IH 03
  8. 8. Sea At Dawn IH 03
  9. 9. Lay Back IH 01
  10. 10. Outside Lane IH 03
  11. 11. What Is Man IH 02
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Reviewed by Nigel Harris

'Souls Café' is the debut, self-produced CD from two Brits Rose and Darren Thomas-Carr (plus, I am guessing, quite a group of musical friends - there's not much detail on the CD liner). It's a curious mix of styles, opening with the catchy pop style of "Step Back", then into the hip-hop groove of "Life's Real" which merges into the jazzy "Life's Real Groove". Just when you think you know what to expect, "2006" is a rap in the style of - well, the best comparison I can manage is Ian Drury or Cockney Rebel! A sort of Eastenders hip-hop, which returns a little later on "Outside Lane". The album ends with the beautiful "What Is Man?" which builds from simple acoustic guitar and vocals to a richer mix with a delightful lead guitar break. Sorry to say I found the female vocals on "Sometimes In My Need" and "Sea @ Dawn" a little weak, maybe because our ears are accustomed these days to hearing voices heavily engineered with reverb and delay while the singer here has been recorded without any effects. The vocals would have sounded fuller and more confident with a little tweaking here, something to consider for the next album.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 20763
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2006

Britain's Rose and Darren Thomas-Carr cook up a mix of pop, jazz and hip-hop grooves on their debut album.

Posted by Steve C in Cambridge at 16:33 on Feb 8 2008

flippin incredible album, Darren should be the next Pope

Steve C's rating: 10/10

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