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Young Criminals' Starvation League

Bobby Bare Jr.

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Album Review

Melancholy, decidedly disheveled, and rootsy, Young Criminals' Starvation League is a captivating and timeless collection of countrified dirges that sound as if they were rendered on a back-porch shanty somewhere in rural America. An therein lies the charm of Bobby Bare Jr.. With a cracked voice and broken spirit, Bare's astute observations of life's little victories and big failures are delivered with all the grace of a lingering hangover. Gallows humor abounds, especially in "Dig Down," a self-deprecating dialogue targeting a myriad of rock stars who stand accused of sucking up all the brilliant ideas while leaving the over-the-counterculture generation in a retro daze. "Monk at the Disco" pumps up the Americana engine akin to post-psychedelic-era Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. Abetted by ramshackle renditions of the Smiths' "What Difference Does It Make" and Shel Silverstein's "Painting Her Fingernails," both of which capture the pathos and misery-loves-company splendor of the originals, Bare Jr. wears his heartbreak rather well.

Customer Reviews

Why only the clean version?

Some of us want the original version. What's up?

Great album, but why not the original version? It's much better!

The original lyrics provides so much more insight into what Bare, Jr. is thinking.

I agree

Actually, I will not buy this until iTunes puts up the original

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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