Carmen Townsend

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)

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