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Marc Broussard-Momentary Setback (Ripley)

I recently received a CD of a young singer/songwriter by the name of Marc Broussard from a local radio station personality.  This DJ, who worked for a Hip Hop/R&B station, took a liking to Broussard.  His recommendation intrigued meOn first listen, I assumed that this was just another male singer/songwriter.  But as the album sank in, I realized that first impulse was wrong.  Just as I was initiated, I feel I must pass on the favor and introduce you to the next big thing. 

It is evident that his Lafayette, Louisiana upbringing has influenced Broussard.  There are elements of southern, guitar-driven R&B throughout this eight song EP.  His father, guitarist Ted Broussard, is a former member of The Boogie Kings and is in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  With this healthy musical background, Marc’s foray into music is an obvious and wise path. 

Momentary Setback is anchored by producer and songwriter Marshall Altman (The Thorns).  With help from Altman, Broussard’s songwriting is above average but is far from groundbreaking. He sets out to make a name for himself via the overused “lost boy” route.  It is his voice, though, that sets Broussard apart from every other self-proclaimed singer/songwriter.  Broussard is blessed with pipes that could make a veteran performer blush.  He manages to make you care about his problems and struggles through his raspy yet solid baritone.  At times he leaps from the lower echelons of his vocal range to the upper reaches with seamless grace. 

The soothing, soul-searching lead track “The Wanderer” should make you sit up and take note. The R&B tinted  “Momentary Setback” is the highest peak among many mountains, with its upbeat message linked with bouncy production   Fusing elements of southern jazz and soul make “My God” a likeable tune.  The tearjerker, “Jeremiah’s Prayer” rounds out a solid first release.  (11/03)

Abraham Kuranga

Copyright 2003 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: November 26, 2003.

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Posted: November 26, 2003.