A Review of the CD
"Come Along Carmelita"
by Cris Cuddy

"Come Along Carmelita"
by Cris Cuddy

Copyright 2002
PO Box 5152 Claremont,
Ontario, Canada L1Y 1A4
http://www.criscuddy.com and

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 11/02
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Cris Cuddy's music is similar to one of those European travel packages covering eight countries in seven days. However, this is really meant as a compliment. His ability to capably switch from genre to genre, Cajun to jazzy, celtic to western, torch song to waltz, is noteworthy. He performs this musical travelogue in less than an hour and for much, much less than the cost of even the most cut-rate tour.

Some may find such an eclectic offering disconcerting, especially music store employees who need to classify and place this CD in a bin. But the quality of Cuddy's offerings makes this genre-tripping worthwhile.

Another Cuddy strength is his talent for writing both easy-to-connect-the-dots songs, along with more oblique dramas. He provides ample evidence of both throughout this release.

His more intricate offerings are the standouts.

"Lyin' In My Dreams" features an intriguing lead character reflecting on some evil-doing down Virginia way. What this character says and how he says it perfectly matches the setting of the story.

The drum/percussion-driven "Henry Morgan The Pirate" has an infectious rhythm and an accordion-aided celtic feel. Cuddy draws a parallel between the actions of the pirates of yore and modern marauders now masquerading as respectable business people.

"Just For A Thrill" opens with a cad relating his relationship dogma of loving and leaving. The character states: "Just for a thrill, I'd do most anything." As the story and song play out, a surprising twist occurs. Cuddy closes, singing:

"...Just for a thrill, I let you love me
Just for a thrill, I let you think I cared
But the thrill lingers on now that you're gone
And I'm losing my heart, just for a thrill."
Two henchmen are debating and awaiting their fate after carelessly playing a little too freely with their "collection" money in "What If Frankie Doesn't Like It?" They lament:
"...If Frankie doesn't like it, he'll take us swimming
Buy us a brand new pair of shoes..."
The spooky "Two Of A Kind" has a dramatic violin opening and soft accordion backing throughout. Portraying a strangely paired-up, mind-shifting duo, Cuddy sings:
"...I was the last of the hard lovin' losers
You were the first in a long line of users..."
He goes on in this tale of transmogrification:
When I look back on the memories I thought I had
Of someone I thought that I knew
I realize that something is missing
What I saw just wasn't you..."
Special mention should be made of those talented musicians backing Cuddy on this release. For this is one of those collection of songs where
the instrumentation dramatically adds to the texture of each respective cut. So, take a bow Victor Bateman on string bass; Al Cross on drums; Fats Kaplin on violin, mandolin and accordion; Rusty McCarthy on electric guitar; George Meanwell on cello and Don Rooke on acoustic and resophonic guitar.

Track List:

All songs written by Cris Cuddy.

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