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Carolyne Mas: Music

The New Rolling Stone Record Guide

(John Swenson - album reviews)
1983
The New Rolling Stone Record Guide.
***Carolyne Mas / Mer. (1979)
** Hold On / Mer. (1980)
*** Modern Dreams / Mer. (1981)

"The diminutive Mas burst onto the New York music scene in 1979 with good songs, a powerful voice and a cocky guitar style, all of which resulted in a media blitz that hailed her as a female Bruce Springsteen before she'd even signed a record deal. This characterization proved to be a curse, and probably had something to do with the fact that Mas's musical partner, guitarist David Landau, was the younger brother of Bruce Springsteen's manager-producer Jon Landau. Though 'Stillsane,' the first song on her debut, is an obvious attempt to trade on the Springsteen reference, Mas was more at home on flat-out rockers like the great 'Quote Goodbye Quote.'

When 'Hold On' once again failed to create a breakthrough, Landau was replaced by guitarist Rick DeSarno. British producers Jon Astley and Phil Chapman were brought in for 'Modern Dreams,' which features synthesizers prominently in the arrangements but still didn't quite do justice to Mas's promise. A beautiful rendition of Billy Nichols' stirring ballad 'Under One Banner' saves the record."