Review: Leon Russell – Carney

Leon Russell – Carney

Leon Russell, now a firmly established bit of rock, can afford to dabble in whatever type of music he feels most comfortable in without having to worry about financial acceptance.

Carney is successful self-indulgence. His lyrics have grown extremely personal, his music less complex. Most of the time, that is. “Acid Annapolis” is a electronic piece that does little more than create three minutes of suspense prior to the album’s best cut and perhaps this year’s best lyric – “If The Show Fits”.

Can ya get us in free,
My girlfriend and me?
We like the songs, but we hate to pay.
Can I have your guitar?
Can I ride in your car?
Can you give me a role to play?

Can I have an autograph?
Can I sit in your lap?
Are you really into witchcraft like they say?
Can I follow you home?
Can I use your telephone?
Can we crash here for just a few days?
We’re from Rolling Stone so it’s okay.

The lyrics as a whole can be well-described as variations on the recurring theme of the insecurity of stardom. “Tightrope”, “Magic Mirror”, “This Masquerade” and “Manhattan Island Serenade” all fit into that category.

The music is good, the lyrics are entertaining, the album worthwhile. Leon Russell – the only man around that can pull it off when he’s not trying.

Courtesy of the Door (aka San Diego Door) – Cameron Crowe –  August 17, 1972  – September 9, 1972