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Undefeated

Bobby Bare Jr.

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Humor, pathos, and self-torture can be found in approximately equal measure on Bobby Bare Jr.’s Undefeated, the singer/songwriter’s first release since 2010. While his rheumy, unfiltered vocal style suggests a man constantly on the edge, his writing reveals considerable craft and control. Bare’s latest work addresses post-breakup blues with insight and self-mockery, reflecting a bruised survivor’s spirit. He’s a master at mixing and matching sounds from various eras, opening his album with the distorted downer twang of “North of Alabama by Mornin’” and wrapping things up with the acid-drenched garage rock of “Don’t Stand at the Stove.” In between are sensitive country-pop ballads (“If She Cared”), atmospheric ruminations (“The Elegant Imposter”), and old-timey faux laments (“My Baby Took My Baby Away”). When it counts, Bare lays it all on the emotional line, as scar-bearing tracks like “Blame Everybody (But Yourself)” and “As Forever Became Never Again” show. The Young Criminals’ Starvation League provide sturdy and flexible backup, negotiating the tunes' hard angles and soft shoulders with admirable gusto.

Customer Reviews

Love the new album

Great to hear the new album. Excellent writing, as usual! We just need more!

of course it's good

of course it's good. if you're looking at it you've heard him so...

Biography

Born: June 28, 1966 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bobby Bare, Jr. may have begun his career when he was eight years old by the side of his dad, but as a grownup he's carved out a respectable niche with music that falls somewhere between hard rock, roots rock, indie rock, and alt-country. Bobby Bare, Jr. was born on June 28, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee; his father was the successful country singer Bobby Bare, who'd scored hits with the songs "Detroit City," "500 Miles," and "Streets of Baltimore," among many others. The Bare family lived just outside...
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