Remy de Laroque

Carol's On My MInd

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The languid pop/rock style of earthy, Paris-born, N.Y.C.-dwelling acoustic guitar-based singer/songwriter Remy de Laroque has been critically compared to bands like Coldplay, the Velvet Underground, and Ivy, and his often opaque, off-the-point lyrics are brooding and introspective, definitely thought-provoking. Even if a bland, sometimes atonal voice is a hip thing nowadays, it's still not too much fun listening to bland tunes like "Can't Shut Down," whose music and performance fail to effectively convey the emotion of the lyrics. There's at least a bit of electric guitar fire on "No Matter What," plus a bit of vocal range, but the lyrics don't really say much. The story behind the title track is poignant: Carol is his daughter's doll, and the song reflects his experience watching the WTC towers go down after dropping his daughter off at school, a few blocks away, that day. But the images of the song are way too generic, the music too middle of the road, to convey the intensity of this moment. One of the more engaging melodies is on a song that is sung in French, so at least English listeners can imagine that there's something profound being sung. There's some potential here, but it's too hit and miss to stick.

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