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Album Review

Dave Barnes is best known in the Christian market, where his songs have been covered by the likes of Bethany Dillon and Bebo Norman, but his fourth album takes most of its cues from Top 40 pop. What We Want, What We Get is thoroughly — almost meticulously — tuneful, filled with the sort of poppy singer/songwriter fare popularized by artists like Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz. Some Southern soul runs beneath the music, too, a reminder of Barnes’ Mississippi roots. It’s difficult to find fault with anything here — Barnes rarely shows off, sticking to a mix of affable ballads and walking-speed rockers that are intended to soothe rather than ruffle any feathers — and the few chances he does take all pay off, from the '70s-styled soft rock of “Someone’s Somebody” (delivered with the same retro reverence that Josh Rouse brought to 1972) to “Amen,” the album’s gospel-styled closer. Most of What We Want is focused on straightforward pop/rock tunes, though, and Barnes delivers those numbers with all the ease of the artists he obviously admires.

Customer Reviews

Getting the good stuff. . .

If what you want is good music, then by all mean, GET THIS ALBUM!!! Each song has been beautifully crafted with clever and honestly written lyrics. On top of that, there is a wonderful reflective quality to each song. Showing that sometimes what we want and what we actually get can be two totally different things. However, it doesn't hurt when you get the good stuff. . . and Dave's new album is definitely good stuff!


Dave never disappoints! Great album Dave!


This is a great cd. Dave isn't messing around with this one. He comes straight out of the gate with the soul, and I love it. My favorite track is "Someone's Somebody". It's like Dave gave half his brain to Stevie Wonder, the other half to Peter Cetera, and then added some of himself for good measure. The whole thing is worth the buy. It's Dave at his best--fun, soulful, and thoughtful.


Born: June 20, 1978 in South Carolina

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although born in South Carolina, singer/songwriter Dave Barnes spent most of his childhood in Mississippi, where he formed an early attachment to hip-hop but was also exposed to classic soul, blues, and R&B by his parents. He later enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and began writing songs for other artists. Barnes also played solo shows on campus, and by the time he graduated with a degree in recording industry management, he'd decided to pursue his own music career. Barnes moved to...
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