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Micah Barnes by Micah Barnes

A good time feel pervades this recording, a self-titled solo effort, piano and vocals, Micah Barnes with singing in a style somewhat reminiscent to the hard edged gritty style of a Roger Taylor with overtones of Steve Winwood, especially that period of time that produced Traffic’s Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971 Island Records) a rebellious undercurrent, that Barnes expresses passionately in his lyrics. Lyrics that for the most part deal in the blues, love lost, sadness and tragedy, yet through it all there is the spark of hope, as the CD’s closing song, a ballad that puts everything into context "It’ll Be Alright" written by the albums producer, Clint Yeager and Micah Barnes.

The album mixes in ballads, up tempo R&B tunes, light jazz rock songs and blues innuendo, all accompanied by a nice piano sound and a great voice that burns, growls and caresses the melody with equal parts of tenderness and ferocity, such is the excellent delivery of "The Death of Me" composed by Barnes and Cox.

The song "The Ballad of Pleasurette" is of high drama in a French Cabaret style, mixing in equal doses of humour, with a real world, rock star party style tragedy. One of the high light songs of the album, co-composed with Mark Jordan is the opener "After You" setting the tone of voice for the complete CD, a heavy heartbeat rhythm with a passionate vocal line and lyrics that grab your ear.

Micah Barnes has assembled ten tracks that provide the listener with a joyful, easy to take album, while showcasing his songwriting and vocalizing skills to fine effect. His self titled album comes across as a biography of his life, a seemingly honest take on a period of life that he would appear to have lived fully and that inspired the music and lyrics for Micah Barnes.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Micah Barnes
  • CD Title: Micah Barnes
  • Genre: Folk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Loudboy Records
  • Tracks: After you, Trash Circus, Blue Radio, Inside Out, The Death Of Me, The Ballad Of Pleasurette, I Will Follow, I Belong To You, Spadina Moon, Intro/It’ll Be Alright
  • Musicians: Micah Barnes (piano, vocals)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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