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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Memphis garage pop punks the Barbaras were both lucky and unlucky to be taken under fellow weirdo Jay Reatard's wing. It meant they had a sympathetic producer and a leg up in getting some notice, and indeed this relationship may have helped them swing a deal with Goner Records, who released the group's "Summertime Road" single in 2008. Unfortunately, it also splintered them when Reatard swiped two members for his own band, then, after they quit, he got mad and told the band their recordings had been erased. Luckily, the songs were found on Reatard's digital recorder and after the band (with the help of Alicja Trout) recorded some new parts and mixed everything, all their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Memphis garage pop punks the Barbaras were both lucky and unlucky to be taken under fellow weirdo Jay Reatard's wing. It meant they had a sympathetic producer and a leg up in getting some notice, and indeed this relationship may have helped them swing a deal with Goner Records, who released the group's "Summertime Road" single in 2008. Unfortunately, it also splintered them when Reatard swiped two members for his own band, then, after they quit, he got mad and told the band their recordings had been erased. Luckily, the songs were found on Reatard's digital recorder and after the band (with the help of Alicja Trout) recorded some new parts and mixed everything, all their songs were released for everyone to finally hear on 2006-2008. Even though the back story is pretty interesting, the 15 songs that make up the group's entire legacy stand on their own. The band had a sound not too far from Reatard's, with plenty of garage-raw guitar, rambunctious tempos, and snotty vocals. There's also a healthy amount of bubblegum-sweet melodies and a happy-go-lucky bounce in there that's no surprise considering two of the band's members went on to form the wonderfully sweet and bouncy Magic Kids. In fact, their second single "Superball" shows up here in a more energetic and ramshackle version. It's one of the highlights in a set of songs that has an almost excessive amount of lo-fi charm and energy. The speedy tracks like "Only One" and "Flow" that make up the bulk of their catalog tear out of the speakers in a wild rush of reverb, guitars, and vocal harmonies, but the band is equally adept at cutting the tempo a bit and strolling happily ("Topsy Turvy Magic") or getting a little blue and doo woppy ("How Many Times"). At times sounding like a non-twee Apples in Stereo, the Barbaras had the songs, the sound, and the style to have become one of the more exciting bands at the decade's end. It's too bad that they pissed Reatard off so definitively at the time, but at least fans of clattering, smile-inducing garage pop can dig into the songs now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Goner Records
  • UPC: 600385228725
  • Catalog Number: 82
  • Sales rank: 228,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Day At the Shrine (1:48)
  2. 2 Heaven Hangs (2:17)
  3. 3 Grief Touches Everyone (1:57)
  4. 4 Topsy Turvy Magic (3:01)
  5. 5 Superball (2:28)
  6. 6 Only One (1:27)
  7. 7 Breathing Underwater (2:50)
  8. 8 Devour the Jungle Deer (1:49)
  9. 9 Grey Eggs (2:24)
  10. 10 Flow (2:09)
  11. 11 Why Should I Love You? (2:09)
  12. 12 Bluebirds (2:13)
  13. 13 How Many Times (2:58)
  14. 14 Summertime Road (3:33)
  15. 15 Annual Botanical (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Barbaras Primary Artist
Chris Johnston Guitar
Billy Hayes Drums, Vocals
Bennett Foster Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Harmony
Stephen Pope Bass
Alex Gates Guitar, Vocals
Will McElroy Guitar, Keyboards
Alice Buchanan Violin
Technical Credits
R. Stevie Moore Composer
Alicja Trout Engineer
The Barbaras Composer, Engineer
Don Perry Back Cover Photo
Jay Lindsay Engineer
Allie Eastburn Cover Design
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