BOBBY BARE JR.'S YOUNG CRIMINALS STARVATION LEAGUE, "The Longest Meow"
Nashville iconoclast Bobby Bare Jr. is back with his third album on Bloodshot records and third under his full name after disbanding his late '90s group Bare Jr.Nashville iconoclast Bobby Bare Jr. is back with his third album on Bloodshot records and third under his full name after disbanding his late '90s group Bare Jr. But you could hardly call it a "solo album" -- "The Longest Meow" is more like a concert. It was recorded in one 11-hour session on March 26 at Music Row's Ocean Way Studios, and sounds like a fun party that happens to result in a rock record.
Joining Bare Jr. and his "league" (guitarist Carl Broemel and drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket plus bassist Mike Grimes) are members of Lambchop and Clem Snide, among others, helping craft an informal but visceral sound that befits Bare's southern rock vision.
Opener "The Heart Bionic" and the jumpy "Uh Wuh Oh" are highlights, but the adventurous rocker "Borrow Your Cape" leaves the strongest mark, curiously followed by an acoustic take on the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" -- Troy Carpenter