After releasing an EP in 2008, Carney went AWOL for the better
part of two years as frontman Reeve Carney shifting his focus to acting.
He starred in Julie Taymor’s version of The Tempest and landed the lead
role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a rock musical with songs
written by U2. Reeve’s bandmates eventually joined the show’s orchestra,
but production problems plagued Spider-Man from the very start, pushing
its budget past $50 million and making it the most expensive musical in
Broadway history. In the midst of the show’s many problems, Carney
found time to return to the recording studio and bang out a quick album —
one that lacks the promotional push that a functioning Spider-Man
would’ve provided, perhaps, but an eclectic rock record nonetheless.
of the four tracks that appeared on Carney’s EP, three are reprised
here. Inspired by the Black Crowes and a number of ‘70s Southen rock
bands, they’re the hardest tunes on the album, with “Testify” featuring a
Zeppelin-styled outro (replete with moaning vocals, à la “Whole Lotta
Love”) and “Nothing Without You” moving between thick harmonies and
heavy power chords. Mr. Green, Vol. 1 also makes room for more
left-field tunes, though, from the intimate Jeff Buckley folk of “Think
of You” to the jazzy showbiz-pop song “Amelie.” Reeve Carney is still
the obvious leader of the group, but his guitar-playing brother pulls
more than his share of the weight, making Mr. Green, Vol. 1 a solid
A force to be reckoned with...
I have been following Carney since their days at Molly Malone's on
Fairfax in LA. Their musicianship and musicality is unlike anything else
on the market. As one of the best live bands I have ever seen, their
music is timeless and will never go out of style. Introduce yourself to a
band that will defy time and make you wanna rock out all night long.
Carney IS a force to be reckoned with...Reeve, Zane, Aiden, and Jon!
If you can't understand and fall in love with the sound of this
band, you are missing a seriously spiritual experience. These boys are
mind blowingly brilliant. I love this band with a passion. They are
original and real, and in my opinion the closest thing this generation
will ever have to Led Zeplin. Unreal and stunning vocals, untouched
guitar playing and unbelievable song writing. The end.
I've been listening to this band for 5-6 years, and Mr. Green Volume
1, their first full length major studio release, is excellent. The
album features outstanding vocals, technically sound guitars, and has a
superb mix of tempos. Love Me, Chase Me is an edgy rock song to open
the album, and is followed by Tomorrow's Another Day, which showcases
the vocal talents of the lead singer. The remainder of the album is
filled with songs they have recorded in the past, with the exception of
Mr. Green. Some of the old songs have different arrangements and
feature extended play with a psychedelic bent. Amelie, There She Goes,
Nothing Without You, Think of You, and Testify complete this album
nicely, and the newer arrangements work well. If you've seen or heard
them, you will like this project. If you haven't seen or heard them,
you will. Buy the album now and start your Carney collection.