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Barry Black

  • Barry Black [Alias, 1995] A-
  • Tragic Animal Stories [Alias, 1997] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Barry Black [Alias, 1995]
Headman of nifty young almost-punk group studies sax in college, organizes sax-led instrumental side project that evokes marching bands, Dixie Dregs/Love Tractor/Pell Mell, klezmer, Henry Mancini for pinheads, a quieter jauntier Beefheart. "Interesting" but boring, you might expect, and it could just be some weird somatic bond with fellow German American Eric Bachmann. Nevertheless, I usually think side projects are pathetic, and I say this one is funny, lyrical, a gas. It shoots a Zen arrow in the air. A-

Tragic Animal Stories [Alias, 1997] Dud