Carus
Creature Of Habit


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aussie folk rock, with european fans.

The name Carus is quite familiar with the people of the Victorian and Western Australian surfcoast. Mainly because he has become an integral part of the surf culture, be that so he is not just a name that Australians know of well. With his new album, Creature Of Habit Carus has spread his wings and broadened his horizons from the small shows and intimate settings in Australia to large audiences across Europe.

Having toured the world relentlessly for the last ten years, garnering substantial followings in the U.K, Germany, France and Australia, Carus Thompson could easily take a well earned break. As a solo artist and with his three piece backing band ‘The True Believers’, he has sold over 30,000 CDs independently, supported luminaries such as Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, John Butler and The Waifs and been a regular at many of the major festivals. Playing to over 2000 people on the Germany leg alone, the recent European tour has been Carus’ most successful yet. ‘Long Time’, the first single lifted from the album in Germany has also gone Top 40 in the German National College Radio charts, giving him a large audience.

Yet rather than putting the feet up, Carus returns with what is sure to be his most appreciated and loved album to date – his solo effort, Creature Of Habit. Carus set out to make an album that rested on one foundation – the strength of his song writing. And that foundation is set strong. With Carus and his acoustic guitar front and centre all of the tracks follow a simple code of melodic depth, warm and artful neo-acoustic arrangements and an emotional honesty, that is all the more apparent when delivered minus band. His lyrical conviction and musical intricacies work wonders together and make one of the most enjoyable blues/roots albums of 2009.

Anyone who has seen his acoustic shows knows the strength and intensity of his performance and will have been waiting for him to make this album. The irony is that this ‘little’ album is the most satisfying, because it relies on the most important thing a singer songwriter can rely on: songs - and on Creature of Habit Carus has without a doubt delivered his best collection yet.



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4
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


Dougie! Yet another review for an Australian Band

good review., with it was a bit longer.

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just letting people know he exsists.
Thanks mate.

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


still have Bill Bailey as well? you shud get Dylan Moran - I think he did a better performance in Black Books

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2009


20857 Comments


Can't say I have heard of him Dougie.

Decent short review. There are a few grammatical errors in the 1st paragraph though, so have a re-read of that & do the necessary edits.

You have to be pumped up for the blockbuster tomorrow, don't you?

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks I'll re -read it!
I am very anxious. Tickets sold out I am shattered! Though I tipped Geelong to be safe hahaha

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2009


20857 Comments


Sold out? Geelong? Nah, I was talking about the big Swans vs Roos game tomorrow. ;-)

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bastard haha

Waior
July 4th 2009


11452 Comments


Dougie... you have a last name?!

Also, neat review.

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do indeed have a surname! And thankyou.

Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


I thought your name was Douglas McDonald or suming?

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stalker much? Personal life details I wont go into.

Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


sorry...

I wonder if sputnik police will ban me (again) for that

Douglas
July 4th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No worries.

What did you get banned for?

Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


I seriously do not know. All my comments are deleted and so are my ratings. I can only go on the forums through pigletopeth

Oh well, didn't like that username anyway.

taylormemer
July 4th 2009


4917 Comments


Being pretentious.

Piglet
July 4th 2009


4654 Comments


Jake! I haven't seen you around for a while.


pretentious is your favourite word isn't it?

Waior
July 4th 2009


11452 Comments


It's only a pseudonym? I'm crushed.

Douglas
July 5th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe.... who knows!

Douglas
July 23rd 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing this guy August 1st. Cant wait.

EDIT:Saw this guy last night! Mind blowingly good!

During the set, he got a milk crate and stood in the middle of the crowd and played without amps.
Pretty moving stuff, since it was one of his sadder songs from his previous stuff. Crowd was dead
quite!

Douglas
August 28th 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Carus should tour with Paul Dempsey, now that would be sweet!



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