Right after “Twilight” (“Vanishing Lessons”) skyrocketed to success on the airwaves, TOURNIQUET hopped back into the studio to record an EP in the same vein. Thus, “Carry The Wounded” hit stores soon after the concept was birthed. So how does it fare? Lamentably, it’s a rather extraneous piece of the Americans’ gargantuan discography.
First, all the included songs are TOURNIQUET lite. However, it’s not as if there’s no distortion to be found; this isn’t an unplugged recording or anything of the sort, though it’s more in line with the lighter side of its predecessor, in “Vanishing Lessons”. “Carry The Wounded”, the title track, is a rousing number, but is laced with melancholy. I hated to see Kirkpatrick and co. tackle a sappy ballad like “When The Love Is Right”, which is simply awful. Granted, it’s a love song but still… Anyway, FLEETWOOD MAC appears by proxy during TOURNIQUET’s cover of “Oh Well”. The aforementioned is definitely energized by the group’s enthusiasm and Luke Easter’s vocal performance is kind of endearing. “My Promise” first appeared on “Vanishing Lessons”, though it’s reworked here and “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” closes the album in an upbeat fashion.
Overall, I was – and still am – disappointed with this particular excursion. There’s nothing remarkable on this disc, though a couple opuses are catchier than others. I can’t see anyone but completists bidding for this and “Carry The Wounded” is a stain on what is a sketchy career. TOURNIQUET have superior releases: cling to those or I’ll kill you. (Online October 9, 2005)