REVIEW: Monterey – The Milk Carton Kids

Jacqui James

THIS ALBUM IS a real pleasure. In an era of heavy production and looped instruments, The Milk Carton Kids use just acoustic guitar and their gorgeous, harmonious vocals on Monterey.

Their songwriting is delicate and angelic to the point where you swear you’re listening to music from the 1960s. Beyond the obvious comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul & Mary, the Los Angeles folk duo capture innocence yet tackle life’s great mysteries with the title track. They delve into self-reflection and the compulsion to question life on ‘High Hopes’, while ‘Shooting Shadows’ tells a familiar story about having regrets over a past relationship and not expressing an apology. As well as being likened to some of the great past duos, one can hear the influence of recent deities like Jeff Buckley (‘Sing, Sparrow, Sing’) and Radiohead (‘Deadly Bells’). Monterey is an album for people who are looking for inspiration to appreciate life.


*Originally appeared in The Big Issue #485.

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

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