CD Review: Cara Alboucq

Cara Alboucq
Roam

If ever an album needs to be released during Pacific Northwest fall and winter months, Cara Alboucq should be put in charge of writing it. Although she no longer lives in Bellingham, Alboucq is certainly a familiar name and face to the local music community and writes music that reflects her experiences and affection for the area.
Her debut album, Roam, which was recorded while Cara lived in town, begins with a contemplative thought that no doubt has run laps around the minds of young philosophers everywhere: “I sit and watch the world go by, and wonder why we’re all here.” While the gravity of this thought could be overwhelming and create anxiety in some, there is a warmth and comfort in Alboucq’s vocals that seem to ensure that everything will be just fine. This characteristic is abundant throughout the album, creating an intimate setting that enables the listener to easily imagine Cara playing these songs for them personally, either in a living room or around a kitchen table a few feet away.
Roam consists of a well blended assortment of songs that range from quiet vocals and minimal instrumentation, to more upbeat and catchy sing-a-longs that are likely to get stuck on repeat in the listener’s head. “Little Miss Troublesome” is among the latter of these and is comprised of quick and bouncy cadences that demand to be learned in order to be sung correctly and in time with the song.
Alboucq closes the album with a beautiful cover of the traditional folk song, “The Ballad of Barbara Allen,” which rather perfectly brings the album and the listening experience to conclusion.
Roam is an incredible debut for Cara Alboucq. Well written, arranged and preformed, the songs on the album proudly display the ingenuity of their author. A record release show in Bellingham would certainly be welcomed with open arms!
–Adam Walker