Voice of maturityBy Lynne Margolis
The very opening cut on Carencro, Marc Broussard's first full-length album, immediately marks him as an astounding talent, one whose musical maturity far surpasses his twenty-three years. Perhaps that's because Broussard started performing professionally when he was five in his father's band.
He's since developed as a worthy heir to the soul throne warmed by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Brian McKnight, Bill Withers or any singer who ever fronted
His songs tend to swell dramatically, building until they practically explode with passion. At times, he literally can't hold back. But he's not a scenery chewer, just a guy with amazing vocal strength.
Broussard is adept at creating infectious, dance-funk, pop-rockers such as "Rocksteady," and sweet ballads like "Saturday." But when he lets the serious soul loose and drenches it with gospel or blues, as he does on "Lonely Night in Georgia," "The Wanderer," and "Home," he can blow a mighty big house down with his voice. As it turns out, many of the vocal and instrumental parts on this album are first-take recordings. That's no surprise, given the sheer intensity that Broussard clearly possesses. Even his solo acoustic turn on the unlisted final track, "Jeremiah's Prayer," is spine-tingling.
For support, Broussard has enlisted talent on these recordings of equal caliber. Included in a long list of players is his dad, Ted, on acoustic guitar; Sonny Landreth and Julian Coryell, son of famed guitarist Larry Coryell, on electric guitars; and Lenny Castro on percussion. The disc was produced by Marshall Altman, and named for the town in which Broussard grew up, ten minutes from the musical hotbed of
Broussard has one other release to his credit, the independent EP Momentary Setback. Released in 2002, it was a great indicator of things to come. "Just Like That" from Momentary Setback, was included on the excellent