Review by: Dom Vigil
Little Barrie’s newest album, Shadow is perfect for sitting down at the end of the day, relaxing and unwinding. There’s just something about the raw and stripped down quality of this album that is just as soothing as it is intriguing and it leaves you wanting more. “Bonneville”, the first track on Shadow, while slow and mellow is just enough to pull the listener in and keep them around for the next ten tracks. Somehow, Little Barrie manages to combine sounds similar to The Black Keys and Cream, along with some laid-back 70’s fuzz in the mix. And while that sort of sound may be too slow and simple for some, the bluesy guitar work on this album more than makes up for it, catching the listener and keeping them interested.
The great thing about Little Barrie is that there aren’t very many new acts similar to them. When trying to think of current bands to compare them to, it was almost impossible, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s nice to be able to sit back and really enjoy an album without trying to compare it to anything else. Shadow, while a little slow and laid back at times, is proof that Little Barrie is an act to keep an eye on, with a unique and fresh sound as well as phenomenal song-writing and musicianship.
*Shadow drops on May 27th!
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