Jay Kaiser and Mandy Carter | No Complaints With The View

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No Complaints With The View

by Jay Kaiser and Mandy Carter

Incredibly tight harmonies, superb production and full instrumentation make this eclectic album crystal clear.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When I Think It's Me
2:22 $0.99
2. Nothing in Return
4:46 $0.99
3. My Way Up
3:42 $0.99
4. Smooth
4:24 $0.99
5. Greyhound
3:04 $0.99
6. King of the World
3:33 $0.99
7. Rebuilding Me
3:38 $0.99
8. Do Not Enter
3:31 $0.99
9. Live Wire
3:10 $0.99
10. Old Dirt Road
3:29 $0.99
11. Through My Veins
3:36 $0.99
12. I'm Growing Older
2:51 $0.99
13. Midnight Mourning
2:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
The first full-length CD offering from Jay Kaiser and Mandy Carter, No Complaints with the View is a testimonial to what good music should be - regardless of category or mainstream acceptance. Kaiser and Carter are not only good folks, but they're great folk rockers, though their humble attitude probably wouldn't admit to it.

A self-produced and self-engineered effort (thanks to several hours spent by Kaiser sitting uncomfortably atop a Yoga ball while mixing), No Complaints is a 12-track folk fan's dream. It features all original songs and lyrics, interspersed with both acoustic and electric sounds. The duo's foundation is, of course, musically sound - anchored by the strength of both the lyrical quality and content, as well as by the strength of either's vocal skills. When you pair all this up with six-string acoustics, in addition to guest spots by harmonicas and mandolins, you've got a relaxing listen. But don't be fooled: the lighthearted lyrics are as introspective and questioning as they are entertaining and insightful.

For example, one of my favorite verses comes from the View's first track, "When I Think It's Me," reading: "I worry about things I can't change / So much that I forget what I can." It's refreshing to find such solid songwriting in music today, and this is just a taste from Kaiser and Carter, whose lyrical themes run the gamut from love (lost and found) to self determination and growth.
In fact, though Kaiser and Carter harmonize well and offer up relaxing melodies - the View is a mellow folk album - it's not to be snoozed on. There is a message of life intelligently woven throughout the tracks, which infusing the entire CD with an energetic zest that's rare to find in anyone's music these days.

However, of the dozen songs, my favorite track is "Greyhound," and the reason is one of instrumentation. There is a mandolin on "Greyhound" that provides that extra something which endears the track to my ears. It's very reminiscent of an approach used by folk rocker Bruce Hornsby (for those old enough to remember him), who used a mandolin to perfection. Though it's sparingly used, the mandolin's appearance in "Greyhound" is the final musical piece of the puzzle, completing the picture-perfect song that, in my mind, encapsulates the album as a whole and, with Mandy's vocals, shines as the standout track.
So, when you toss in the electric guitar touches, along with the different percussive instruments, Kaiser and Carter do an excellent job of filling out the variety of their sound. Furthermore, they switch up tempos often, keeping the beat moving along as the lyrics continue to impress.

Jay and Mandy are the future of folk - their lyrical inventiveness and musical connectivity to what grabs a listener's ear effectively combine to make No Complaints with the View a must-add to your music library.
-Brian Dukes
Up and Coming Weekly



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Goose bumps.... a rare find! Should be known worldwide!!!
This is the very best thing i've found on CDBABY yet.... I own over 1500 cd's but this one is more and more becoming one of my favorites. Desert island stuff. The vocal harmonies give me goose bumps and the guitar playing is first-rate! This is a world class act and should - in a fair world - be known as such. Higly recommended !!! Here's one happy fan from Amsterdam!

Julie Loyd

Why hasn't anyone written about this great album yet???
I can't believe no one has written about this CD yet. It's absolutely fabulous. Jay and Mandy have a way of mingling melodies that turns the nature of harmonies on it's head. Mandy will often take the low parts, exhibiting the soul of the female voice, while Jay takes the higher part adding energy to the mix:leaving the listener spinning in an internal dance between his/her ears. A few of these songs have some of the best lyrics I've ever heard--accessible but entirely clever. I happen to be partial to a woman's perspective and the songs penned by Mandy on this album, specifically "Live Wire," "Greyhound," and "Rebuilding Me" (which I think they may have co-written) are some of my favorites of my whole CD collection. PLEASE do yourself a favor. Give it a spin.


If you think this album is amazing, check out their latest project.
I am a huge fan and supporter of indy music. This particular album is one of my favorites! Not only are Mandy and Jay fabulous musicians and song writers, they are also great people. Their music gives their audience a glimpse into their own humanity and a taste of the mountains that embrace modern folk music. It is a lyrical tapestry that is a must listen and must own. If you think this album is amazing, check out their latest project also available on CD Baby. Every Mother's Dream recently launched their newest CD "Big Blend." I would hate for you to miss it.