by Warren Barfield


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Warren Barfield's new opus Reach is the right way to speak through your music. It kicks off with a grand statement; "I'll Be Alright Is the Right Way" is the perfect way to explode out of the gate. The cut drips with seasoned guitar riffs, bouncy feel-good piano, and an over-the-top breakdown. Barfield puts his stamp here creating a relevant vibe that testifies to a good songwriter. The richness of these cuts takes you places. Barfield's vocals are passionate, at times with a '70s vibe that has the richness of Cat Stevens, or Al Stewart, while at others he churns it up with a hint of Dave Matthews and Third Eye Blind. "Saved" mixes acoustic and electric guitars. As the guitars build dynamically the cut's chorus takes you away. Speaking of guitars, with "Head Held High" Barfield grooves with electric and acoustics, a Hammond B-3, and an earthy, retro-clavinet that grabs you completely. The cut also oozes with a retro-groove. The guitar playing on the disc is some of the best this year. Check out the riff on "Unleashed." or the funky feel of "Shadow." Here is testimony why nuances prove less is more. When he eases into "Take My Life" the disc takes a tremendous turn. With a ballad, the lushness of every instrument shines. Whether it's the B-3 playing, the riffs, or the musicianship, every piece of the puzzle fits. From beginning to end Reach feels right. It sounds like friends playing music that they were meant to play. The musicians sprinkled throughout the disc all play within their space and do it very effectively. This is definitely a release to reach for.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Essential
UPC: 0602341010023
catalogNumber: 10100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Barfield   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Hi String,Delay
Marshall Altman   Organ,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Zook   Percussion
Jim McGorman   Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Wurlitzer,Tack Piano
Tariqh Akoni   Electric Guitar
David Levita   Electric Guitar
Michael Chavez   Electric Guitar
Dino Meneghin   Electric Guitar
Jonathan Ahrens   Bass
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Bryan White   Composer
Scott Krippayne   Composer
Marshall Altman   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Joe Zook   Engineer
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction
Warren Barfield   Composer

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