Updated 14 February 2009
These are just a few album reviews I've gotten around to adding to the site. More to come later . . .
Reviews of Runaway EP
Ashare, "Jim Carroll: Runaway." Boston
Phoenix, 4-11 Jan. 2001.
"Carroll gives 'Runaway'
his best shot, and he gets through it without hurting anyone. .
. . what makes this five-track EP a welcome addition to Carroll's
discography are the three tracks that he recorded live at Seattle's
Crocodile Café in November 1998."
Levin, "Runaway EP (Kill Rock Stars)." Seattle
"Although there's no new material
on this just-released five-song EP, it features a pleasing handful
of demo and live versions of some of his unsung classics."
Reviews of Pools
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Apeles, "Jim Carroll, Pools of Mercury."
Consumable Online, Nov./Dec. 1998.
"I could never know what it's like listening to Jim
Carroll from a man's point of view, but as a woman, to hear him
read his poetry, is to be enraptured. HTML
D. Duncan, Review of Pools of Mercury.
Memphis Flyer, 28 Dec. 1998.
"Listening to Jim Carroll’s music is a lot like reading
his poetry – it’s usually a harrowing journey, but one worth all
the ensuing trauma."
Klick, "Wayne's Weekly Reader." 17 Feb. 1999.
"I find it odd that the adjectives I would use to describe
this CD seem clichéd: haunting, dark, introspective, surreal. This
recording is anything but a cliché. It is in fact unlike anything
I have ever heard before -- a fascinating mix."
Macnie. Review of Pools of Mercury. Boston Phoenix,
9 Nov. 1998.
"It starts with a promise of decapitation,
as if to prove that his punkishness is still in effect almost two
decades after Catholic Boy's skag stories turned heads."
McDonald, "Mercury Rising." Louisville Eccentric Observer,
"When you hear Jim Carroll's voice, you know you're in for an interesting
Mitch Myers, "A Christmas Carroll." NewCity.com,
22 Dec. 1998.
"The man's jaundiced eye is as unforgiving as ever and his words
alternately flow and explode with precision and dour insight."I
seem to have lost this article. If anyone has it, please
Perrin, "Jim Carroll: The Poet Speaks." Beat Scene 32
"The problem with Carroll is that he has always had two voices and
most commentators have chosen to privilege the street talking wise
ass adolescent narrator of the diaries over the more measured tones
which tend to dominate his poetry. In a some ways this vocal schizophrenia
can be seen as a dramatisation of the conflict between America and
Europe." Perrin reviews both Pools of Mercury and Void
Richard-San, Review of Pools of Mercury. Pitchfork,
A stooopid review.
of The Basketball Diaries
Publishers Weekly 241.49
(5 Dec. 1994): 34.
"Carroll, now a poet and sometime rock
musician living in New York, reads in a voice that trembles and
shakes with a hesitant delicacy. He still manages to evoke his wiseass
teenage outlook and a tough anger at the world."
Review of Praying Mantis
(College Music Journal). Review of Praying Mantis. 6 Dec.
"You notice the surprise in Carroll's own voice
as you hear the twisted images and the rich descriptions leak from
his brain to his almost stammering lips, which emit each piece with
wide-eyed wonderment-like a child witnessing lightning for the first
Review of A World Without Gravity: The Best of the Jim Carroll
Lien. CMJ (College Music Journal). Review of The
Best of the Jim Carroll Band. 4 October 1993.
"As important as Jim Carroll's
albums were, they're even better when distilled into one action-packed
Reviews of I Write Your Name
of I Write Your Name. CMJ (College
Music Journal). 30 Jan. 1984.
"Don't be scared
off by Carroll's "image." He's a brilliant poet and troubador with
a razor-sharp rock edge-and his music deserves to be heard."
Sugerman. Review of I Write Your Name. Creem June
1984 : 55.
"I Write Your Name
is the album Jim Carroll always wanted to make and should have made
but couldn't until now. This is the one, not his other two."
Review of Dry Dreams
Crane. CMJ (College Music Journal).
Review of Dry Dreams. 24 May 1982.
simply serves to reconfirm his status as poet cum laude - not poet
Review of Catholic Boy
Riegel. "Subterranean Urbanesque Blues." Creem
Feb. 1981: 44.
"Pardon my critic's disbelief
that rock 'n' roll this intense and true has come from what I've
always smugly called 'a real writer,' but Jim Carroll's done it,
over and over, for sure." Download
Review of Put Your
Tongue to the Rail
Cassie Carter, "The Fire's Reflection."
Exclusive to The Jim Carroll Website (2000).
"The project does not worship the Carroll legend, but rather
it spotlights the lyrical and musical strength of The Jim Carroll
Band. With the unifying vision of Carroll’s lyrics as its center,
it also effectively showcases the diverse talents of the Philadelphia
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