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Little Acts of Treason
Genres: Country, Pop
A key to the underlying character of Carlene Carter's 1995 album is the presence of former NRBQ stalwart Al Anderson, who co-wrote four of the 12 songs with Carter and played lead guitar on eight tracks. Carter shares the ... more »
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A key to the underlying character of Carlene Carter's 1995 album is the presence of former NRBQ stalwart Al Anderson, who co-wrote four of the 12 songs with Carter and played lead guitar on eight tracks. Carter shares the NRBQ philosophy that traditional eccentricities are more interesting than traditional verities, and she marries unpolished garage-rock rhythms to her excitable vocals about the romantic action down at the local honky tonk. She helps her father, Carl Smith, reprise his 1955 hit, "Loose Talk," while her mama June Carter and her stepdad Johnny Cash help Carlene sing her great-uncle A.P. Carter's "The Winding Stream." At the same time, various members of Prince's Revolution band, Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and the Desert Rose Band are also on hand. The result is a vibrant brand of country-rock which has more in common with Chrissie Hynde than Linda Ronstadt.--Geoffrey Himes
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troytron | 06/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Carlene's last studio album of the 90's finds her without the production help of Howie Epstein, but WOW!--She didn't need him on this one. Just a fantastic, heart-wrenching, foot-stomping classic collection of terrific songs. All the tracks are great, but "Change" would have to be the best, followed by "Hurricane," "Come Here You" and the rest. This album, sadly, was doomed by the dumb video they made for the lead single "Love Like This." While the song was a great lead single, the video was so muddy that it made little impact. People expect a racy, snappy, peppy Carlene on video, and that video wrecked her brilliant track record of landing Top five singles on all her 90's albums. A shame, because this record is musically not only on par with her previous two, it edges them by a nose! BUY THIS. (And Carlene...please find a way to get over your troubles with the law and, especially, heroin. People still want to hear your incredible music, and there is a record deal to be had out there. Don't give up. Come On Back to the ones who really love you...")"
Carlene comes Full Circle
troytron | 03/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though Carlene has recorded only sporadically since her "breakthrough" 1990 album 'I Fell In Love,' each offering since then has been worth the wait. While many might feel that Carlene's musical "hook" is her ability to navigate an almost bizarre fusion of pop,rock,country,rockabilly, etc., her real power comes from an emotional and often startling sense of musical honesty. "Little Acts of Treason" rocks in the typical Carlene manner, especially on the irresistible 'Hurricane' and 'Love Like Like This,' but Carter has moved forward to explore a blunt, confessional style of country music that few others in the genre would dare to tackle. 'Change' is a haunting, wrenching, and ultimately triumphant track. 'Winding Stream,' despite its odd inclusion on this album, shines as Carlene's last word, if you will--a reminder that she has rightfully taken her place in one of the most influential families of American music."
Deserves A Bigger Audience
James Carragher | New York | 04/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Add Carlene Carter to the list of those who based on talent deserve to be much more successful than they have been. Little Acts of Treason rocks roots hard on some cuts, is blues tinged on some others, while its core are her smart, yearning ballads of love gone right and wrong. Little Acts of Treason, Change, and You'll Be the One are highlights. Best of the uptempo numbers are Love Like This, He Will Be Mine, and The Lucky Ones. Once married to Nick Lowe and the daughter of country royalty Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, Carter has her feet firmly in both the classic country and guitar pop worlds. The sound that personal history produces is hers alone. The best cut on the CD, her duet with her father, on Loose Talk is a perfect snapshot of what she's all about. Thirteen cuts, at least eight of them top notch -- Come Here You, reprised as the last thing on the CD, is probably the least interesting --, make this CD a buy if you stumble onto this work."