A Review of the Carol McComb CD
"Little Bit of Heaven"
"Little Bit of Heaven"
by Carol McComb
P.O. Box 620310
Woodside, CA 94062
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 12/04
Carol McComb. Both a name and musician unfamiliar to me--which
unfortunately was my loss until crossing paths with her latest CD. A
veteran of the folk music scene, having recorded since the mid-70's for
Asylum and Elektra Records, McComb resides in the San Francisco Bay
Area and currently plies her trade locally and regionally.
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She has an engaging, pleasing voice, actually sounding like Canadian
songtress Anne Murray on a couple cuts. Her lyrics are fairly
straightforward and she utilizes a full mix of instruments
(including the Uilleann pipes!) as part of her songs' instrumentation.
The majority of her offerings count love as the subject matter.
"Watershed" depicts someone not yet having come to terms with a cleaved relationship. McCombs sings in the chorus:
"...I didn't see it coming
Similarly, an elusive partner, now an ex, is the subject matter of "Touch and Go." The chorus goes:
I didn't feel it fall
But in the silence of your leaving
I can hear it all..."
"...Time to go, time to realize
I looked with my heart and not my eyes
The truth's the same sad scenario
With you, it's always been touch and go..."
"Dreaming in Three-Quarter Time" features a lover still smitten
with a departed beau as does "Simple Melody." With resistance
dissipating towards a would-be lover, the protagonist remains
mesmerized by dangerous attraction in "Only a Fool Would Be Taken In."
"Look at the Moon" is a song of reflection, one that requires some
seasoned life experience to write. A nod to Mother Earth/Mother Nature
summarizes "She Always Breaks My Fall." The spiraling downward life of
a not-so-bad person who unfortunately makes wrong choices is the motif
of "Bad Girl, Sad Girl."
The title cut, "Little Bit of Heaven," breaks the mold and celebrates a
truly loving coupling. "Goodbye Song"is actually a rather uplifting,
'gospel-like' cut celebrating human interaction and companionship.
McCombs fittingly concludes with the dreamy cello-backed "Mary's Lullaby."
This is a pleasant release, with a winning combination of singing,
writing and instrumentation. A mix of folk, country, a touch of
bluegrass and western swing, McComb traverses the musical spectrum with
McComb on vocals, acoustic guitar and dobro, is assisted
by Anita Grunwald on fiddle, twin fiddles and harmony vocal; Bruce
Kaphan on pedal steel, maracas and shaker; John Reischman on mandolin;
Preston Carter on string bass; Keith Little on banjo and harmony vocal;
William Coulter on acoustic baritone guitar; Rene West on string and
fretless bass; Kevin Carr on whistle, concertina and Uilleann pipes;
Laurie Lewis on string bass; Kathy Kallick on harmony vocal; Scott
Nygaard on single string lead guitar and acoustic guitar; Ed Johnson on
harmony vocal; Tony Marcus on harmony vocal; Jennifer Scott on harmony
vocal; Carol Elizabeth Jones on harmony vocal; Kris Yenney on cello;
Peter Tucker on drums; Piper Heisig on percussion.
- Look at the Moon (3:26)
- Watershed (3:05)
- She Always Breaks My Fall (3:29)
- Little Bit of Heaven (2:19)
- Touch and Go (3:43)
- Dreaming in Three-Quarter Time (3:38)
- Bad Girl, Sad Girl (3:37)
- Goodbye Song (3:08)
- Not Quite a Love Bite (2:38)
- Only a Fool Would Be Taken In (3:22)
- Simple Melody (3:53)
- Mary's Lullaby (3:04)
All songs by Carol McComb.
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