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“Although it might seem premature (it is only March) to name a debut disc of the year, Carrie Ann Carroll's You Should Know is on the top of my list. Despite being a relative newcomer to the Austin music scene Carrie Ann's debut album of original songs (along with a Sonny Bono cover) definitely delivers an album of tunes seasoned with Texas twang. With the impressive array of Austin musicians she was able to recruit her credibility is not an issue. They must have heard something special since these players weren't in the studio out of sympathy. Carrie's country leanings blend with her confessional folk delivery to produce an album that's biggest flaw may be: where do I file it? Carrie Ann's songwriting style and wordplay remind me of a few of my favorite singer/songwriters from a couple genres including Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett: the country part and Rain Perry and Vanessa Peters: the folkie part.”
"Honeymoon," from newcomer Carrie Ann Carroll, ranks with the strongest singles I’ve heard in some time. The addictive hook and jangly guitars certainly help but what most makes this number click are Carroll’s intimate vocals and the confessional lyrics, which demonstrate her ability to transform little details from real life into compelling vignettes.
“Carrie Ann Carroll might classify herself as a folk musician, but the local's got country heartache on You Should Know. Coordinating with Austin mainstays Will Sexton, Redd Volkaert, Brad Rice, and Michael Hardwick, the NYC transplant shows off her back porch introduction to Texas, adopting a Southwest narrative on "Call Me Darlin'" and "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done."”
““...Carrie Ann Carroll may or may not be quite the best vehicle for her own work musically, but damned if she isn't a brilliant lyricist within the NuCountry wave. I've rarely heard well-worn North 40 sentiments turned so subtly on their heads. Heck if I know how she does it, but this woman makes what should be overly familiar sound brand new. I think, though, that the promo lit writer nailed it: there's the same "honesty…[in] simple and sincere songs that pull on your heart strings" the same way Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams did. It takes a unique poetess to frame the Everyman/woman experience in the completely unpretentious way she does, but Carroll has managed it in spades, and it's very affecting. Favorite cut? Parking Lot. It has the same sort of Hypnotized atmosphere that Fleetwood Mac issued when Bob Welch was writing for them, a REALLY enticing cut, and, in actuality, much in the disc is just inches away from dynamite…””
“When Carrie Ann Carroll isn’t helping SpareFoot customers find storage, you might find her trying to tell the truth through her music.Carroll, a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, is an aspiring singer/songwriter who’s just released her first full-length CD, “You Should Know.” A release party for the 11-song CD is set for March 8 in Austin.Carroll describes herself as a folk singer/songwriter whose music is laced with country, rock and pop influences.”