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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B000069B0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An antidote to alt-country that can often sound as clichéd and predictable as mainstream country, this oddball gem of a solo project offers a surprise with practically every cut. Where his Bare Jr. band typically scorches its way through Southern-fried rock, frontman Bobby Bare Jr. here takes a quieter and stranger approach. The organic interplay of acoustic and electric instrumentation suggests a living-room recording, yet the stately and soulful horn charts of "I'll Be Around" and "The Ending" seem to be channeled from a different sonic sphere. Songs evoke such diverse influences as the Smiths (a countrified cover of "What Difference Does It Make") and the Who (whose "Pinball Wizard" riffing gets a Tex-Mex twist on "The Monk at the Disco"). Junior teams with Bobby Sr. on "Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville" and dips into the catalog of one of papa Bare's favorite songwriters, Shel Silverstein, for "Painting Her Fingernails." The album's centerpiece anthem, "Dig Down," addresses the challenge of trying to do something original in the wake of Jimi Hendrix, the Pixies, and Chuck Berry. "I do the best with the leftovers I've got," sings Bobby Jr., who plainly recognizes the distinction between homage and derivative mimicry. --Don McLeese

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are familiar with "traditional" Bare Jr then you already know that none of their amplifiers go lower than 9 and can guarentee that your ear drums will be bleeding by the time you walk out of the concert hall. However, in place of the guitar crunch and distorted vocals, Bare Jr. puts low-fi recording gear and an acoustic guitar in his presence. His skill as a songwriter & lyricist really shine through in every track on this record. It's a great mellow CD for just about any occasion, as it winds its way through catchy "altcountry-pop", folk-like improvisations, and the occasional pedal steel and "y'all". His band is super tight and never plays anything that overshadows the core of the song itself. Highlights on the album (well...all of it), are "Bullet Through My Teeth" in which Bobby Bare Sr himself sings back up vocals, "Stay In Texas" which features some nifty pedal steel work reminiscent of the streets of Austin, and "Painting Her Fingernails", which tells a bitter tale of a lonely heart. I highly highly recommend picking this album if you are into just putting on some great music in the background, if you are driving anywhere, or just want to relax in general. This album is a top 5 in my collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "trixie_toenail" on August 12, 2002
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I am not a fan of country music, so I really wondered what I was thinking when I bought this album after only hearing two songs. Fortunately for my wallet, it is fantastic. It's more than country (thanks be!), it's more than rock- it's a wonderful mix of styles, sounds, and personality. Suffice it to say that this cd has not left my stereo since I got it. It's in heavy, heavy rotation.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2003
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This is one of the strangest CDs I've purchased in quite a while. Thirty seconds into the first track (I'll Be Around) I was saying "this sounds a lot like something Lambchop would do." Then a look at the credits revealed Paul Burch, Paul Neihaus, Tony Crow and Mark Nevers--all of whom are current or past members of Lambchop--were involved.
The Lambchop comparison pretty much ends with that song. What follows are some darn catchy songs and some a couple of annoying ones as well. Flat Chested Girl is a lot of fun, Bullet is a good song and I like the Smiths cover of What Difference Does It Make. Stay in Texas is another memorable number. The Monk At The Disco (this really sounds like something Morrisey would write) is pretty good, although a little on the trite side.
The centerpiece of the CD is obviously Dig Down and it just doesn't work for me, despite some ear-catching lyrics. It's packaged as a protest song with single guitar in the background. It's too minimal, didactic and heavy handed, especially compared to the relatively light-hearted fare that surround it. It just sounds out of place. Mehan, another song with bare(?)-bones accompaniment, doesn't connect with me either.
This is the first I've heard Bare Jr. so my review is not influenced by his (from what I've read) much different sounding recordings with his full band.
On the negative side, whose great idea was it to print the lyrics on the actual CD itself? Pretty lame.
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By Norman Bowers on July 10, 2014
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Product was as described and delivered as expected
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This was BBJ's third album, and on it, he turned the guitar volume way down and began writing funnier, more intimate songs. The opening track, with its long-strummed C-chord, is "I'll Be Around," which has become a staple at his concerts. The subject is similar to "Like a Rolling Stone," but without the bitterness. The funniest song is "Monk at the Disco," which is exactly what it's title promises. The most touching moment is on "Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville," which does a good job of getting inside the mind of a female character. "Stay in Texas" feels like more of a throw away than other tracks, but it's like listening to a Buddy Holly song reincarnated as early 21st alt-country. "Dig Down" and "What Difference Does It Make" are great, too.
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