Artist: Gypsy Carns
Style: Alt.Country/ Folk Rock
Rating: 8.9 out of 10
By C.W. Ross
AZA is the latest in a long line of stellar releases from preacher/artist Gypsy Carns. This album is filled with 10, short and sweet songs, that get right to the point and then quickly move on with a total running time of only 26 minutes.
Gypsy is no newcomer to the music scene having been performing in clubs since the early 1960's and recording since the mid-60s. His spiritual solo career got started in 1992 in the coffee houses of Hollywood, CA. when The Holy Spirit spoke to Gypsy about dedicating his life and music to the Lord and took firm roots after a major earthquake happened in Hollywood in 1994.
I think that AZA is the third release from Carns that I've had the pleasure of reviewing. I really appreciate both the music and the straight forward Messianic messages that he delivers through them.
On this latest release he wanted to stretch his musical wings a bit so instead of straight ahead blues music you'll find some alt. country and even a touch of a Spanish music element that's found on a few of them. You'll also find 2 war protest songs that hearken back to the 60s, with their folk rock vibe.
Carns' songs are filled with lyrics about his love for the Lord and his desire to spread the word of Christ's love to anyone who will listen to him.
Track-1, "Meridian," get things started with its alt. country sound that talks about that if you're working for the Lord with your life that you'll never be bored. The song's title is taken from the town of Meridian, Mississippi, where Carns now lives.
Track-2, "At the End of the Day," has some of that Spanish flavor that I talked about on it. The song talks about not judging others, that at the end of the day we're all accountable to the Lord for our own life.
Track-3, "7 Seals," deals with end-time events found in the Bible, in The Book of Revelations. Track-4, "Stock Market Blues," is an up-tempo rocker that is very timely talking about the recent stock market crash. The song has a tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek humor to it. The song also offers up some nice harmonica work.
Track-5, "Shout His Name," is a straight up praise song, Gypsy Carns style, loud and proud, with its steady drum beats and guitar work. The song talks about the need to not be ashamed of your faith and the need to be willing to share it with others.
Track-6, "Freedom Found a Friend," is a song that will have you singing along to it after just one listen.
Track-7, "Mean Woman Blues," is a tale of some of the women found in The Bible who lead men astray like Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Delilah cutting off Sampson's hair.
Track's 8 & 9, "1A or 4F," and "Disaster Calling," are two modern day anti-war protest songs that would make any 60's war protesters proud. The unusual song title, "1A or 4F," has to do with the military draft system. If you had a 1A ranking that meant you were considered fit and ready to go while 4F meant that you had some serious physical or mental problems.
AZA wraps up with the track, "The Long Count," a song that has to do with the long held believe of many made by Nostradamus, a French reputed seer who published his collections of prophecies, one of which was an apocalypse prophecy that foretells the End of the World happening in the year 2012. The song talks about if it isn't found in the Bible then I don't believe it.
While I did miss the great blues music that's usually found on Carns' releases I can appreciate his desire to stretch his wings and chart new musical territory. As usual the music found on AZA is very well done and the songs are filled with many morsels of wisdom.
AZA - Gypsy Carns