Somebody get this talented band a savvy producer! Please!! Avoiding hip-hop cliches, five-piece Carter Ace dish up one catchy tune after another, each laced with cool ideas that keep surprising you. The higher-consciousness message, agile flow and sophisticated touches in “Drive” are handicapped by sub-grade sonics that make it seem half-realized. Same goes for the catchy and musically inventive “No More
Vibes”––it’s got a nice warm vocal flow, guitar pedal distortion and a beautifully elastic bass line, but ultimately it doesn’t gel. And we love the trippy, psychedelic guitar accents of “Carpe Diem” that show the band’s unique spin. They deserve a quality knobster to help bring it all together.