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MP3 Marci Beaucoup - Bad Carma

richly arranged pop-rock with an odd mixture of folk, girl-band and zen.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (43:45) !
Related styles: ROCK: Adult Contemporary, POP: Pop/Rock

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Marci Beaucoup’s first CD “Bad Carma” is an eclectic compilation of songs that are filled with melodic phrases and richly inspired chord progressions that cover a spectrum of themes ranging from social issues to how she feels about the weather. Audiences often identify with Beaucoup’s music, which is mostly described as “smooth and straight from the heart.” Her powerful versatile voice covers a wide range of styles and emotions, depending on the mood of the song: she adopts a 60’s girl-band sound on Temple of the Martyr; an organic honest folk sound on Your Garden Seeds; an emotional gut-wrenching wail on The Last Morning in May, (which her mates refer to as “the angry song”) and a hauntingly beautiful ballad tone in Wall In China. These styles are effortless for Beaucoup, part of the natural process of allowing the songs to come out of her very soul in the way that they were intended.
Beaucoup’s band, Baba Ghanooj, is famous for its savant-like musicianship, and are key to establishing the tight, full and rich sound on this album. Made up of family and “close as family” members, Baba Ghanooj were integral in the arrangements of the songs, as well as the production of the entire album. Brothers Rod and Ric, on bass and lead guitar, respectfully, and their excellent musicianship and mindreading, provided Beaucoup great relief as she tried to recreate the music just as it was in her head. Husband Fran on guitar and mandolins understood the songs since he and Beaucoup share the same soul. Drummer Johnny, who is like a brother, had a strong intuitive feel for the way the beat should go. And the addition of Beaucoup’s children Ian on lead guitar, Martha on violin, and good friend Paul on lead, complete the scenario that recalls an exquisitely created painting.
Bad Carma stands up to any major recording, and has become a cult-favorite of Baba fans everywhere. Some of the songs have provided an almost therapeutic effect to those who listen (Pease Forgive Me; Temple of the Martyr, and Wall in China) prompting much inquiry and discussion from fans who identify with the themes, and often feel compelled to share their stories and insights with Beaucoup. Other songs have become regular cuts on local college radio (Rain; I Saw Elvis) Some songs have the habit of getting into peoples’ heads and not leaving. All of the music on Bad Carma is solid, fresh and pure, and well worth many listens.

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