ALBUM REVIEW: Lou Barlow – Reason To Live | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Joyful Noise Recordings

Released: 28.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorn of his Sebadoh team mates, indie legend Lou Barlow carries the can alone and comes out fighting fit and on the top of his form. The amps are turned down and the acoustic is to the fore. This is indie tuned back to its folk roots but with a rich, golden and imploring vocal. You surge into opener In My Arms as if turning on an old cassette player. This album has all that warm intimacy and retro familiarity and yet each song opens up with careful layering of overdubbed guitar leads and rhythmic strumming.

The songs are strong and heartfelt but there is optimism here, as Lou Barlow has found contentment and wants to share with us his Reason To Live.

 

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