by Bambi Weavil
Ain’t So Green
Official Site: http://www.carsieblanton.com
Official MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/carsieblanton
Carsie Blanton is a Philadelphia artist whose soulful, playful, intelligent music has won her recognition throughout the Philadelphia music scene and is the headliner in our latest Out Impact Friday, coming up on March 6th in Wilmington, NC at The Soapbox. Her musical styling is like a signature cup of coffee of music – a nice mix of pop, jazz and folk sounds while having fun as she blends blues, swing, and playful lyrics in Ain’t So Green.
There is a strong focus on the cycle of love and trust on this album. “Promise” kicks off the album with logical pop, keeping and breaking promises of love, “and I don’t think it would be ethical, / to give you a heart that may never sit still.”
“Anything At All” is a playful swing ode to contemplating value in someone’s life. The title track, “Ain’t So Green” would be a perfect folk/pop love song on a movie soundtrack, a song that describes a flirty friendship, the relationships of the past and the careful trek into future possibility: “Well you ain’t so bad that I ain’t had a thought or two about you in the dark / And it ain’t true that I don’t dream about you from time to time when we’re apart / But there’s too many ways to steal a kiss / And far to many memories to miss / And I’ll be at your mercy babe the moment that we start / And I ain’t so green that I ain’t seen the damage love can do in open heart”.
“Don’t Wanna Know” is the perfect blues song – wanting but not wanting to know where the lover went away from her life or who the other new woman is. “Everybody’s All Alone” is deeply jazz, while “Take Me Along!” is a fun flirty simply pop with some jazz sprinkled through, about trying to communicate a flirt to someone new.
“Temporary Lapse” is one of my favorites from this album: the perfect pop song lyrically about a lapse in judgment affecting a friend’s relationship after a night drinking, mixed with some upbeat jazz, “I said, “you know, we weren’t attracted / we were just intoxicated. / vodka and stupidity, / they seem to be related. / you say that I betrayed you / but it’s not that complicated! / it’s not that I was evil, / I just inebriated.”
A fun record with a playful mix of experimental sound from different genres, the very fun and talented Carsie Blanton brings a lot of fresh air with her mix of jazz, pop and blues in Ain’t So Green.