Warm, passionate, deep toned clarity, and melodically strewn are some of the essential ingredients found in acoustic blues-pop vocals and broths. Ben Carroll’s debut album Lover Undercover displays them all with equivalent measurements of harmonizing folk-lined guitar strums and wavy vocal motions rooted in soulful esthetics. Carroll’s songs are pleasingly arranged, serenely fluted, emotionally inspiring, and move with a connoisseurs finesse. His tender vocal stride is loosely sketched along lightly tethered guitar chords. The warmth in his vocals ascend with amore while caressing the finely rung pizzicatos and rippling arpeggios. The album was written, performed and produced by Carroll showing his ability to connect with his inner emotions while his friend, Gabriel Judet-Weinshel engineered the project in Weinshel’s home studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Carroll displays a relaxed presence on the album as his vocals balance along the tranquil guitar chords. The consonance in his vocal melody on tunes like "Mother’s Maiden Name" and "Acting Like Boys" are integrated with the bluesy-folk phrasings and exquisitely ensconced. His vocal enhancements on "Three In One" and "Fire & Ice" are sensually grooved while beaded by a series of flaccid chord movements. Carroll’s well rounded vocals interface with blues, jazz, pop, folk, and soul flints giving his songs a versatile spectrum of hues. The jazz stylizing of Carroll’s vocals on "This Love Inside Me" is swathed in a lacey folk melody. The restful mood in "If I Wasn’t Sleeping" is inlayed by lounging blues vocals which gives the number a cozy serenity.
Carroll offers two poetically versed serenades, the Latin accented "Dola Rosa" and the bluesy pop aria "Lover Undercover." The breezy flow of his songs are aurally coruscating and distinctly eloquent converging into a melodic pulp. There is a youthful vibrancy in his songs like the sumptuous "Luv U So" and the euphoric "Angel’s Arms." Dallying with whispering notes and soulful vocal rouses, Ben Carroll’s debut effort is a compelling mix of blues, pop, jazz, soul, and folk complements. He is presently working on his sophomore disc due out in 2007. It is expected to be a collaboration with his father, Jon Carroll, a former member of the Grammy award winning group Starland Vocal Group.