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CAROLYN MARK
AND THE NEW BEST FRIENDS
The Pros and Cons of Collaboration (Mint)

Reviewed by Erick Mertz



Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends don't have bad record on their hands; they have one in The Pros and Cons of Collaboration that is undeniably easy to dismiss. The songs are somewhere in between roots and adult contemporary rock. They are too rough and authentically constructed for full pop country penetration, but on the other hand, they're far too clean for a space on the far-too-the-left FM band where real roots are planted to thrive.

Left to wander, The Pros and Cons of Collaboration is an album without real destination. It wouldn't be too terribly surprising to run into Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends on a café tour, or on a list for up and coming artists. Stopping to listen to their lyrically harmless songs about Vincent Gallo and Thanksgiving over double shots of Americano is justifiable, but buying the album from the merch table would seem a waste.

© 2005 - Erick Mertz