It's Real Life - Slow and Boring

Real Life

Jeff Carson

By Rob Greenwell

Real Life, the new CD from Curb Recording artist Jeff Carson, is a decent album of slow songs with a couple of okay fast songs thrown in. Carson has always been a pretty good singer and this album keeps that comment true. This isn't the best album that Jeff could have put together, but by no means is this a bad album. However, it is not the type of album that will push an artist to a new level.

The album starts with his current release "Real Life (I Never Was The Same Again)," a slow ballad that continues to climb the charts. The song talks about how the events of life will change the way he looks at the life he is living. This is a decent first release, serving to get his name back out to the people. A Max Barnes/Harlan Howard ballad follows, while the third cut earns Carson a writing credit along with Philip Douglas and Jim Weatherly. "Until We Fall Back in Love Again" is an interesting song about how a man will wait for a woman who has left. He will wait until the end of time. "I Almost Never Loved You" is the album's third cut and the first fast song on the album. The singer talks about how lucky he is that fate brought a new love to him.

I really enjoy the next cut, "Shine On." This Tony Marty/Jim D'Addario tune was originally released before the album was finished. However, it never got going on the country charts, though it did make a good run up the Christian country charts. (Another writer's side note, I don't understand why this song never made it). The album's sixth cut, "Where Did I Go So Right," is about a guy who doesn't understand how he got so lucky as to fall in love with the woman of his dreams.

Max Barnes and Trey Bruce get writing credits on the next cut "What's Not To Love," which Mark Wills originally cut. Carson's version is okay, but sorry I have the give the nod to Mark Wills - he has a better knack for cranking out ballads. "Divine Intervention" is a cute up-tempo song which may likely be his next single. The last cut is a song called "Scars and All," also written by Carson, and may be the album's most realistic song.

Carson will always be around the business, but unless he cuts a better album, he will never be able to get to the next level.