Brainwasher

Brainwasher

by Bobby Bare Jr.
     
 
To paraphrase Donny and Marie, Bare Jr. are a little bit Skynyrd and a little bit Dr. Hook (you remember, the guys who did "Cover of the Rolling Stone"). Loose and loopy -- and unafraid to kick out the jams at full volume -- the band put a hammy and wry spin on alt-country conventions. Frontman Bobby Bare Jr. (son of

Overview

To paraphrase Donny and Marie, Bare Jr. are a little bit Skynyrd and a little bit Dr. Hook (you remember, the guys who did "Cover of the Rolling Stone"). Loose and loopy -- and unafraid to kick out the jams at full volume -- the band put a hammy and wry spin on alt-country conventions. Frontman Bobby Bare Jr. (son of country star Bobby Bare) has a warped perspective that's evident in the lyrics of songs like the rock-demigod anthem "Why Do I Need a Job" and in musical quirks such as the intentionally ludicrous pomp of "Overture: Love Theme from Brainwasher." Don't go assuming that this is just a novelty disc, though: The riffs that run through tunes like "Kiss Me or I Will Cry" are both fist-pumping and eye-opening, due to the fact that a good many of 'em come from the electric dulcimer hammered by Tracy Hackney. When they try to get in touch with their collective sensitive side, as on the twangy ballad "Miss You the Most," the boys go way off track. But fortunately, most of Brainwasher is devoted to smart-alecky, provocative rock reminiscent of early Soul Asylum, had that band been raised on grits, gravy, and Tennessee whiskey -- all of which run through the veins of songs like "God" and "Dog."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mario Mesquita Borges
A composed excursion into rock & roll's restless rhythms, Bare Jr.'s Brainwasher, the band's second full-length, unveiled some traditional alternative pop
ock style approaches while remaining surprisingly in the midst of country inspirations. Nashville's Bare Jr. is headed by Bobby Bare, Jr., a descendant of the celebrated '70s country star. They seem like they are adept at creating this kind of country-rock-inspired style. Bare's roots within rock's most classic tunes are also shown through all of the album's tracks, such as "God" and "Kiss Me." While "God" rounds out the moodiness of the country sound, "Kiss Me" clanks around what could be easily figured as a punk-inspired tune. From the jumpy flows of "If You Choose Me" to the lowering noisy presentation of "Why Do I Need a Job," the band composed a set sounding like a whole unit in spite of all the hybrid interpretations.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Immortal
UPC:
0724385013522
catalogNumber:
50135

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John H. Jackson   Guitar
Tim Carroll   Guitar
Brad Jones   Keyboards
Sean Slade   Keyboards
Tony Crow   Keyboards
Tracy Hackney   Dulcimer,Harmony
Chris Henry   Vocals
Keith Brogdon   Drums
Dean Tomasek   Bass
Charles Wyrick   Guitar
Tywanna Jo Baskette   Vocals

Technical Credits

John H. Jackson   Arranger
Brad Jones   Arranger
Sean Slade   Arranger,Producer
Paul David Hager   Engineer
Bobby Bare   Arranger
Dean Tomasek   Drawing

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