James Carragher

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (24 of 27)
Location: New York
In My Own Words:
Have now lived in NYC for going on 5 years. As millions have learned before me, it's a great place to call home -- a million reasons why, for starters, places to eat after midnight, the subway all night long, Central Park and a great bike path along the Hudson River. Other places that feel like home: anywhere on the West Coast from SF north to the Canadian border, Chile, Cape Town, Hawaii, Bue… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 423,995 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 27
Golden State ~ Mia Doi Todd
Golden State ~ Mia Doi Todd
2.0 out of 5 stars Way Overdone, July 16 2004
Here I go, the minority again.
Of The Golden State, start with the good news -- Mia Doi Todd has a great voice, smoky and silky at once. Some of the arrangements early in the CD, are fresh too, especially 88 Ways. Like a Knife is fine and Autumn, the song that sparked my interest when I heard it on a sampler CD, is simply terrific, a keeper forever, in its understated telling of the end of a season and a love. So impressive is it that I really anticipated hearing the rest of this CD...oops!
Because everything else is bad news -- mannered, pretentious and overwritten, delivered as if every song were the Sermon on the Mount, without the slightest light touch or sense of humor… Read more
Paris 1919 ~ John Cale
Paris 1919 ~ John Cale
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden in Plain View, July 14 2004
This CD was released in 1973; I'm a big fan of the Velvet Underground; I have Cale and Lou Reed's Warhol aural bio, Songs for Drella. So how come I never stumbled on to Cale's solo work, and his voice that crosses Lou and Leonard Cohen, until getting to Paris 1919 by the roundabout way of Yo La Tengo's cover version of Andalucia.? Who knows, but I intend to make up the loss of 31 years by keeping this CD in the player for months. Pretty hard to make much sense of it -- what is this "sacheting of gentlemen" that "gives you grievance now and then"?, or what's Martha doing "down in Transvaal where Crocodiles and men fight on" -- but each one of these nine songs… Read more
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Plus, July 14 2004
This is apparently the Pierces one CD, recorded in 2000. It opens with the best and most striking cut -- The Way. I heard it on a CMJ sampler and gambled on the rest of the CD. It doesn't match up. Yes, as all reviews here agree, the harmonies are wonderful throughout, but after a while on this 13 song CD all those wonderful harmonies start sounding pretty much identical. And that's a problem. Where you can detect individuality, it is all in Allison's songs -- The Way, Take You Home, and the mysterious and slightly creepy Jeffrey. Catherine's best is Waiting. Can't tell if it's a production problem or a music writing/arrangement problem, but the Pierces needed to do a better job of… Read more