Cultivated around Knechtel's distinctive voice and acoustic guitar, the music on 'Carrot' combines folk sensibility with a rockin' rhythm section and tasty instrumental bits that add plenty of fun and interest. From hard hitting 'Carrot on a Stick' to the exquisite 'Happy Lives', from bluesy 'Hangin' Around My Head' to the poignant 'Swimming Pool', the songs are well-crafted, delivered with passion and garnished with some exciting musical touches. Sincerity and honesty are the distinctive qualities obvious in all of Richard Knechtel's recordings - that comes across clearly in 'Carrot'. Smart lyrics, catchy melodies, spirited solos - everything it takes to make a terrific recording. 'Carrot is the most convincing package of songs released to date by Knechtel, showcasing his ability as a talented musician and songwriter' John Gardiner - cktimes. Ca.