I need to start off this review by thanking Jason Tate. If it weren’t for a recommendation I saw on his site, Chorus.fm, (and the x amount of times he’s mentioned him on the AP.net podcast since) I may have never heard of Noah Gundersen. Once I saw the recommendation, I went to go listen to last years release, Ledges. Nothing has been the same since. I instantly fell in love with the music and that’s why I think this new album, Carry The Ghost, is the best album I’ve heard all year.
Noah Gundersen sings with such raw emotion that it’s nearly impossible to not feel a plethora of emotions while listening to this album. One of my favorite songs is “Jealous Love.” He knows how to make a song heart wrenching and beautiful all at once. This album is full of songs like that. It reminded me of the amount of emotion Adele and Sam Smith out into their albums. If you ask me, that’s some pretty damn good company. The album starts with the piano driven “Slow Dancer” and I don’t think any other song could have introduced the album the way this one does. It starts out with just piano and after just over a minute the full ban comes in to put some power behind the outstanding lyrics. I could go on about all thirteen songs on this album, but that would take a while. So give this song, “Jealous Love,” and “Topless Dancer” a listen to get a taste of the album. If you like acoustic music in general, you’ll find a good amount of everything in this album even within the full band pieces. I know this is an album I’ll be listening to for a long time to come.