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The Barr Brothers

The Barr BrothersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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One of the first Christmas presents that Brad and Andrew Barr received were two pairs of red boxing gloves. They set up a makeshift ring in their basement in Providence, RI and hung a bell from the water pipes. When the bell rang, it was the signifier that all rules of decent brotherly conduct were suspended for 3 minutes. It was the one time they could unleash the latent fury of being bound ... Read more in Amazon's The Barr Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secret City Records
  • ASIN: B005H1SFKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beggar In The Morning 5:55
2. Ooh, Belle 3:49
3. Old Mythologies 3:34
4. Give The Devil Back His Heart 5:31
5. Cloud (For Lhasa) 5:38
6. The Devil's Harp 4:26
7. Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying 4:26
8. Deacon's Son 5:48
9. Held My Head 4:58
10. Let There Be Horses 4:27

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from this Montreal-based quartet founded by brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, best known for their previous work as members of New England trio The Slip. A move to Montreal in 2004 eventually led to the formation of the new group, rounded out by harpist Sarah Page, and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial, both Montreal natives. Recorded in their makeshift studio in an old boiler room at the foot of Mount Royal, the self-titled debut was written over the course of the brothers' time in a city full of strangers, lovers, old ghosts and new friends. It reads like a dusty journal of a traveler at the crossroads of good and evil. It's an opus of beautiful Folk, gut- busting Blues and far-out African rhythm.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colors, Textures, and Emotion -- An Amazing Record September 27, 2011
By Gem
Format:MP3 Music
This album is in many ways the pinnacle of the process by which Brad and Andrew Barr have been refining and honing their song-craft and musicianship over the last 20 years. Acoustic guitar, harp, drums/percussion, bass, electric guitar, vocals. It's all here. You'll find gorgeous acoustic-folk, thoughtful vocal and instrumental arrangements, bluesy rock n roll, world music, and more - across a beautiful array of wonderfully produced songs. For those who want pleasant music to listen to, you'll find it - but don't stop there. For those who want to work at listening and sink their teeth into the sounds, you'll be amply rewarded. Enjoy, catch these guys on their tour of North America this fall, and remember this line from Oooh Belle, "The trick of the devil is to make you think you're living in hell."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise March 8, 2012
By StevJD
Format:Audio CD
I ran into this CD at a used cd store and was intrigued by the cover; I checked out the inside and saw that the band thanked Low Anthem and Plants and Animals, both bands that I really enjoy. I figured it was worth a quick listen in the store's CD player and it sounded consistent with my expectations based on the other bands' connections. I bought the CD and figured it might be worth the cash. To make a long story shorter, this CD is well beyond my expectations. Given the substantial amount of time that I spend on listening to music and reading about it, I am rather shocked that such an accomplished band has slipped my attention. This band deserves much more acclaim. This is a great album with strong songwriting, talented playing, and diverse sounds -- your typical great Canadian Americana band. Check it out and you too will surely be impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of 2011 April 26, 2012
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It's a little bit too easy to compare this album to Bon Iver's self-titled album, my other top pick for 2011. Both are mostly quiet, mostly folky albums with interesting arrangements that demand you to be quiet and listen closely to them.

This album, though, has melodies that get stuck in your head and enough percussion to draw you into the songs a little bit more.
The album is filled with harp, fingerpicked guitar, bass, drum, handclaps, harmonica, pump organ and strange distortion that keeps it accessible but also suggests strangeness lurking just beneath the surface.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raising the Barr (hey, a headline was required) December 22, 2013
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I regret that I didn't hear -- or hear of -- this fine 2011 album until 2013. I especially recommend two of the more "gentle" tracks: the closer, "Let There Be Horses," and my favorite on the CD, "Cloud (For Lhasa)." They're timeless (as opposed to retro), decidedly un-trendy songs that, to me, have an un-forced neo-1970s singer-songwriter sound and feel (in a good way, of course).

As I type this while listening to the CD, if I had to make "for people who like" comparisons based on sonic qualities, I would for most of the tracks cite late Simon & Garfunkel / early solo Paul Simon, some Low Anthem and maybe early Badly Drawn Boy as some general points of reference. But then, there's variety in a couple of tracks that lean more toward Dan Auerbach / Black Keys territory. The entire CD makes for a worthy purchase for listeners who like "albums."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heard from a friend August 31, 2013
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A friend of recommended this and I was not disappointed. Love this CD. Great mix of songs with the variety of sounds just right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The world needs more bands like this. July 10, 2013
By Snufkin
Format:Audio CD
This quality of this album is hard to express in a text box. Suffice to say if you're a fan of quality songwriting, poetic and moving lyrics and some of the most atmospheric and music I've heard in a long time then I guarantee you will enjoy immensely.

If you do enjoy this album (of you course you will) then you might also enjoy their British but unknown equivalent. They're called Takeda. Especially their first album Hufsa. Check it out.
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I love their acoustic music. Lovely vocals and rich, layered instrumentals combine for some of the best new music I've heard in years. (First heard them live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and was captivated.) However, their electric music just doesn't work as well for me. Some of it comes across as almost harsh. That said, I would definitely recommend the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop playing this! April 17, 2013
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This is a great mix of different styles, all appealing, terrific lyrics. A couple of great get-down-and-dance tunes, mixed with some thoughtful, slow and pretty tunes. I've seen them live and will see them again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Effort
I like these guys a lot. They used to be called The Slip and their earlier cd AliveElectric is one of the coolest jam albums I've ever heard. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. R. Dudash
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I heard the Barr Brothers on World Cafe and then listened to Beggar in the Morning obsessively until I decided I just need to buy the album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by LJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful
This album has been on heavy rotation in my house since I saw them at Pickathon 2012. It's mellow folk-rock that sometimes traverses into blues-rock. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky, folky, bluesy
The Barr Brothers are amazing live. They do all kinds of interesting instrumentation; one of their main components is a harp! Looking forward to more albums from these guys.
Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Faaland
5.0 out of 5 stars rock on brothers :)
really fun! Deacon's son is the gem on this album. the rest are wonderful, melodic, relaxing songs with one or two more upbeat bluegrass flavored tracks.
Published 21 months ago by ShastaMike
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Whenever I hear someone grumbling that music "these days" is "nothing but noise" I want to strap them down and make them listen to this.
Published 21 months ago by marshlc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album - well worth a listen
This is a dream debut of an album from the Canadian brothers, with elements of rock, blues and folk. I can't wait to hear what they do next.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band!
I saw this group when they opened for Brandi Carlile in Humboldt earlier this year. I ordered the CD before the show was even over. My new favorite CD!
Published 23 months ago by C. Gierek
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