Brainwasher

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Immortal
  • UPC: 724385013522
  • Catalog Number: 50135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: Love Theme From Brainwasher (1:13)
  2. 2 Brainwasher (3:58)
  3. 3 If You Choose Me (3:46)
  4. 4 Why Do I Need A Job (2:43)
  5. 5 You Never Knew (I Lied) (3:31)
  6. 6 Shine (3:17)
  7. 7 God (4:35)
  8. 8 Miss You the Most (3:07)
  9. 9 Kiss Me (or I Will Cry) (2:13)
  10. 10 Dog (3:36)
  11. 11 Limpin' (3:17)
  12. 12 Devil Doll (3:21)
  13. 13 [Untitled Track] (0:26)
  14. 14 Gasoline Listerine (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Jr. Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John 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 Jackson Arranger
Brad Jones Arranger
Sean Slade Arranger, Producer
Paul David Hager Engineer
Bobby Bare Jr. Arranger
Dean Tomasek Drawing
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