This debut from New York street performer and East Village luminary Daniel Cartier was recorded live in New York's Canal Street subway station in 1995. After the singer/songwriter released Live From New York: The Subway Session himself, the artist was quickly snatched up by Ignition Records -- helping Cartier to eventually land a major label deal with Elton John's Rocket imprint. Cartier's passionate, bittersweet material clearly made a positive impression on a host of important people. After a few spins of this 1995 release, listeners might wonder why the music intelligentsia were touting its creator as folk-punk's next big thing. Despite lofty comparisons to folk royalty, Cartier displays none of the vocal and songwriting mastery that drives the genre. The singer's performances are heartfelt but limited in range, and his lyrics do not transcend the standard melodies. Music fans desiring a good '90s alt-folk listen would do well to check out an Ani DiFranco record or two before trying out Live From New York: The Subway Session.
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AllMusic Review by Vincent Jeffries