Waitin’ and Seein’ is an album of rock ‘n’ roll energy. Carmen Townsend’s vocals take centre stage in her opening song, Rat River. Her influences are rebelliously on display, a little Black Crowes here, some Blind Melon there and even a shot of Led Zeppelin. It’s like someone gifted her their entire classic rock record collection and she went away to some remote cave and ate, slept and breathed it for a decade before coming back and entertaining the masses with her new found enlightenment. It’s solid - the East Coast girl can belt out a tune, never mind her talent on the acoustic guitar. Melodies flourish with Waitin’ and Seein’, a record that is lyrically deep, and Townsend shows her softer side in Sweet Little Bird. A great album, for road trips, house parties, BBQs, the beach… you know what I mean.
Published in Volume 66, Number 12 of The Uniter (November 17, 2011)