A Review of the Kim Carnes CD
"Chasin' Wild Horses"
"Chasin' Wild Horses"CoraZong (255082)
by Kim Carnes
Copyright CoraZong Records 2005.
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 9/05
I write this review from my home in Britain. The fact I live where I live is relevant to my comments.
Now to the mass of us Brits, Nashville-based Kim Carnes is famous for
her 1981 hit “Bette Davis Eyes”. However, those Country fans amongst us
would know that she penned three number one Country hits: one of which
she was co-artist on (performing a duet with Kenny Rogers). And some of
the “anoraks” amongst us, recall that before all that, she was from
1962 to 1970, a former New Christy Minstrel (though some of us who
thought that group the epitome of “Uncool”, might want to gloss over
To us Brits thesedays, it seemed like she was a name from the distant
past, for she has been off most of our radars for YEARS … until now,
Here she reappears after an absence from the recording studio of 14
years, and even then, that 1991 release was for Japan only! She returns
with an album of self-penned (co-written) songs: songs that are
commendably more redolent of a blues club on the wrong side of the
tracks, than the antiseptic Garth Brooks cellophane Country sound.
It is a little uneven as an album, in that occasionally (as in “Just to
see you Smile” and “Stepped Right In It”) the CD lapses from the
hard-edged bluesy feel, into a more anodyne country rock style. But at
all times her fabulously soulful 100-a-day Marlboro voice (which,
if you will allow some chronological liberties on my part, is by Rod
Stewart out of Bonnie Tyler!) always saves the day.
She has a way with a lyric that persuades one. Real conviction. The
fact they are mainly her words, perhaps helps. One song she co-wrote
with Matraca Berg, “If I Was An Angel” is the outstanding cut here, and
it is no surprise that Berg too recorded it on her 1997 album.
As you'd expect, Kim surrounds herself with quality musicians, too many
to mention. And she is quite a dab-hand herself at the keyboards.
This album surprised me. It is very strong on performance, and fairly strong on material. Well worth considering.
- One Beat at a Time - 3.52
- Just to see you Smile - 4.18
- Where is the Boy? - 4.04
- Goodnight Angel - 4.53
- Lucid Dreams - 4.02
- All About Time 3.53
- Runaway 4.57
- You Made My Skin Burn 4.12
- Still Warmed By The Thrill 4.03
- If I was an Angel 3.46
- Too Far Gone 2.58
- Stepped Right In It 3.31
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