"Coming to Terms" (Atlantic; 2008)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Carolina Liar plays a brand of alternative rock and peppers it with some Indie rock, and they have a strong sound. The vocals are really good and the guitar, when it rocks, gets down. There are some acoustics but they are rich sounding. This band is originally from Los Angeles but most of the members are from Sweden (check out the bands member's names after the review).

The music rocks in most spots and when some funky keyboards come in you might think they love the 80s a lot. Some songs could be flashbacks to a time of great music. They blend it well so nothing seems out of place, or out of time. Their breakout hit "Show Me What I'm Looking For," was played on all the late night shows and on tons of television shows as well; even MLB gave them a nod.

Their debut has a strong start and I'm sure if they keep with the same formula they will draw in fans who love guitar rock with some pop keyboards mixed in. It could be the Swedish influence that favors the keys. If you like what you hear, they have three extra songs on iTunes.

The best songs are "I'm Not Over," "Coming To Terms," "Last Night," "Show Me What I’m Looking For," "California Bound," and "Done Stealin'."

Carolina Liar: Chad Wolf – Vocals and Guitar; Johan Carlsson – Keyboard; Jim Almgren Gândara – Guitar; Rickard Göransson – Guitar; Max Grahn – Drums; Erik Hääger – Bass.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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