Bobby Bare, Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League
OK ó I'm Sorry...
First Appeared at The Music Box, January 2004, Volume 11, #1
Written by T.J. Simon
Tue December 9, 2003, 12:00 AM GMT
As a follow up to its 2002 self-titled outing, Bobby Bare Jr.ís Young Criminalsí Starvation League has issued an eight-song EP titled Ok ó Iím Sorry that includes a few previously unreleased tracks and reworks the best moments from its debut by capturing the songs within different settings. Two of its better tunes (Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville and Iíll Be Around) are given respectable live treatments. In fact, Iíll Be Around ó a terrific alt-country number ó appears on the EP disc three times: as a live version, a demo version, and an enhanced CD video track.
However, the highlight of the EP is the cover of Iíd Like to Teach the World to Sing, the Hillside Singersí song re-popularized as a 1970s Coke commercial. Bare and his band sell the hell out of the song, largely because of the back-up singers who were employed to dress up Bareís wobbly voice. The on-air radio performance of the reggae-tinged original Mother Ucker is another high point, if you can forgive the KEXP-Seattle DJ for breaking into the performance to announce the stationís call letters. For the record, a handful of the EPís cuts do fall flat, including Pinky and Bareís adaptation of the Shel Silverstein poem True Story. Even so, thereís still plenty to enjoy on this little album, and since itís an EP, the reduced price will make up for its foibles. Ĺ
Of Further Interest...
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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