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  • Audio CD (12 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mint
  • ASIN: B00006BC7B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. After Bar Party 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Terrible Hostess 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Catscan 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Port Moody 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Country In The City 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul L on 25 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard about Carolyn Mark, through her involvement with the superb tribute to Robert Altmann's Nashville soundtrack (also available on Mint Records!), an impulse buy of mine. I bought this album sometime last year and it has remained near my CD player or in my car since. The songs, diversity of style (Bluegrass to show type tunes) and instrumentation is amazing. There are so many little details, backing singing, mandolin, mute trumpets (which always remind me of the title music to Jeeves and Wooster!), saw playing and even canned laughter. Carolyn is one half of the Corn Sisters with Neko Case, who has been getting a fair bit of attention lately, hopefully Carolyn will also get the attention she deserves in 2004.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Delightful! 30 April 2004
By Chuck Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Witty, smart, original. Opened it up, and listened to it 3 times through! I stumbled across Carolyn by purchasing a twisted but hilarious children's CD called 'The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides' (not just for kids: check it out!). Ms Mark's music is a wonderful and entertaining departure from the vapid, self-important drivel coming out of the music industry nowadays. Kudos!
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she's the greatest 9 Jun. 2004
By sloan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
dis lady is a hoot. makes me laugh, makes me cry. she got craft and style. and puts on a heck of a show.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Terrible Hostess? Terrible CD! 10 Dec. 2007
By A. D. Batson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this based on Carolyn Mark's work on the "Nashville" Soundtrack remake album and based on the other good reviews here. I am mystified how someone might love - or even like - this work. Ms. Mark's voice sounds exhausted. How does she seem to put so much energy into singing yet make even the high notes sound so flat and lifeless? Maybe it is the uninspired arrangements? Or is poor production to blame? I grew up in Nashville, and truly appreciate the country music parody in both the original film "Nashville" and in the tribute remake album. But this 'country' music is harsh, mean-spirited, and cartoonish. It is disorganized and filled with twangs and trite country rifts which like Ms' Mark's voice make me wonder how this band makes live music sound so tired and canned.

Regardless - I am a fan of clever lyrics and 20's era jazz, so less-than-perfect sound is hardly a deal breaker. I love live music as witty cabaret, countrified or otherwise. However lyrics like " . . . Steve is in the kitchen puking wine on the floor, raising his voice until I have it in next door. . . George is sucking whisky from the carpet in the hall; unbeknownst to Garth there's a cat fight through the wall . . . " from 'After Bar Party' are wholly unappealing and barely make sense.

Or "We'll share an ulcer, live in pain, die of cancer, go insane, we'll blame each other for the rain that drowned our dreams . . . all we have to be is shameless mediocrity . . . " from 'Catscan' only leaves me wonder what possible point would be to write this down, much less listen to it. It's not clever. It is not enlightening. It's not even properly sad.

So even despite a huge effort I made to stay awake (while driving no less) through the monotone noise this CD makes from beginning to end in order to actually understand what she is singing, I was only left wondering if her popularity comes from misplaced nationalistic pride? I've already spent to much of my precious time on this mess, except to warn others off. Truly toxic waste. Seek out Gregory Wild's "Highway of Heartache" and its soundtrack if you want brilliant and funny country parody from the great white north.
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