Eric Carbonara delivers an excellent taste of solo guitar work on this two song 3? CDR for the New American Folk Hero label. The thirteen minute ?This May Be the End? begins the disc with bouncy acoustic guitar loops that set the staccato rhythm and pace for the song. New instruments come into the piece one at a time, each keeping with the general outline of the song, but still managing to change the mood. The first new arrival is clipped piano, followed by long electric guitar chords, then spacey electronic effects. At about the five minute mark, the longer, more ethereal sounds take over the song, yet the original rhythmic pulse continues to move the song forward. The last four minutes or so are dominated by a heavy organ riff, more electric guitar, and glockenspiel. Really, the whole thing feels like a fractured symphony where only a few instruments play their parts at the same time. From start to finish, the track is engrossing and moves the listener along with its rhythm and multitude of sounds.
The second track, ?Long Hallway, Three Slightly Opened Doors? is a minimal acoustic guitar piece that is quiet dissonant, yet still very pretty. Much like the first track, it feels like detached pieces of music provide the small parts of a larger idea. Particularly in headphones, the listener can hear fragments of guitar coming from all different sides to combine into a cohesive piece. It seems as if this deceptively simple piece was recorded on several studio tracks and combined into the stellar final song. The style and skill on display for this disc is quite impressive and really leaves the listener wanted to hear much, much more from Eric Carbonara. 8/10 -- Matt Blackall (19 June, 2007)