A pop-rock, post-punk platter of psychedelic melancholy. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
A pop-rock, post-punk platter of psychedelic melancholy. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
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Young Criminals Starvation League
Artist: Bobby Bare Jr.
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A pop-rock, post-punk platter of psychedelic melancholy. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

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Named for his country music mainstay father, Bobby Bare Jr. continued the family'smusical outlaw tradition when he scandalized Nashville with his hard rockin'outfit Bare Jr. a few years back. With his latest release-a solo album-BobbyBare Jr. nearly burns down the house, pointedly addressing has-been rock stars,eccentric local characters, and even himself on occasion. He's a clown,but a soulful, sad-faced one, tripping over oversized shoes as his own teardropsobscure his vision. A 21st century variation on Townes Van Zandt's gut-wrenching'70s masterpieces, Young Criminals' Starvation League managesto simultaneously deliver scathing diatribes and loving tributes-oftenwithin the same song. "Thanks for nothing," Bare Jr. tells Pete Townsend-"Yourgeneration used up all the feelings/ If we rock it looks like we're rippingyou off." Yet a few verses later, he comes to his own conclusion: "Ido the best with the leftovers that I've got." Cynicism never soundedso good.