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Marc Carroll comes highly recommended. With hails from Bob Dylan he has established a level of critical credibility without ever really threatening to break out into wider recognition. Having now signed with a new label, and on the eve of the release of an album of new material he has issued this compilation disc, composed of material from his last two previous efforts. The songs are well crafted with spinning harmonies reminiscent of Brian Wilson, fused with jangly guitars that have been compared to the Byrds. Based in Los Angeles, yet spending a fair bit of time travelling his multi-layered sound shimmers and builds with a quiet burning tension. Many of the songs here are achingly subjective. Listening to “What’s Left Of My Heart” recalls Elliott Smith and the language of knowledgable rejection. At times the rich complex instrumentation overpowers the voice as on “A Way Back Out Of Here” but the abiding taste is one of sweet anguish. A good starter for ten with the promise of more to come.