The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers
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||Beggar In the Morning||The Barr Brothers||5:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ooh, Belle||The Barr Brothers||3:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Old Mythologies||The Barr Brothers||3:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Give the Devil Back His Heart||The Barr Brothers||5:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Cloud (For Lhasa)||The Barr Brothers||5:38||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Devil's Harp||The Barr Brothers||4:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying||The Barr Brothers||4:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Deacon's Son||The Barr Brothers||5:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Held My Head||The Barr Brothers||4:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Let There Be Horses||The Barr Brothers||4:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sarah Through the Wall||The Barr Brothers||2:26||Album Only||View in iTunes|
At the foundation of this folky Montreal quartet are the brothers Barr: Brad and Andrew. The former handles guitar duties, bass, and keyboards while the latter holds down rhythms and percussion. Sarah Page contributes harp and hammer dulcimer parts, and their longtime friend Andres Vial dials in pump organ and vibraphone tones. “Beggar in the Morning” opens strong on organic drones, unfolding into a lilting folk-rock dirge. “Ooh, Belle” follows with a hushed autumnal hymn, but “Give the Devil Back His Heart” is a standout gem where handclap rhythms and dexterous electric guitar leads help put the “rock” back in “folk-rock.” Similarly, their driving cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying” pumps open-tuned blues chords through distorted tube amps over a steady drumbeat; the result is something fans of both Black Lips and The Black Keys are sure to dig. “Deacon’s Son” returns The Barr Brothers to their beautifully melancholic musings before “Let There Be Horses” closes on softly strummed acoustic guitar and romantic male/female harmonies.
This is one of my favorite albums. Other than Born to Run, this is the most complete album I've ever heard. My favorites are Beggar in the Morning, Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying and Old Mythologies. Every song is a little different but great in its own way.
The Barr Brothers is My Jam!
This is a great album.
Oh, to write an instant classic...
Beggar in the Morning is an instant classic. What every songwriter secretly hopes for. Keep up the fine work boys & grrl... .
Formed: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years Active: '10s