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Barely Legal - 1994 Dirtier Than You

ARTIST: Barely Legal
ALBUM: Dirtier Than You
LABEL: Indie
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Lou Greenberg - lead vocals, guitar * Arnold Umali - guitar, background vocals * Trevor Andres - bass, background vocals * Roman Breuer - drums, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dirtier Than You * 02 Should've Known Better * 03 Low Down Dirty Lies * 04 Love And Desire * 05 Tough Times * 06 Tear In The Rain

Here's a short-lived Canadian outfit from Vancouver that released a pretty handy 6-track CD back in 1994. I've had this for awhile but forgot all about as it sat in the back of the collection. Barely Legal sit at the sleaze, glam, hard rock end of the genre classification. Some good examples for comparing include: Saints And Sinners, Skid Row, Spread Eagle, Ashpalt Ballet, Faster Pussycat and Motley Crue. So with that in mind, you now have an idea as to what 'Dirtier Than You' sounds like.

The Songs
It's full-ahead for the title track. A big sounding track which really should've been released in 1989 or 1990. It has a Saints And Sinners attitude with big guitars and even bigger shout-outs. I like the line: 'I'm drinking Jack Daniels.. electric lemonade.. 'Should've Known Better' with the harmonica intro gives this a slight southern twang but it doesn't last for long as that brutal twin guitar attack from Greenberg and Umali takes over. Again, the drums are huge, splash cymbals and blocks taking precedence. 'Low Down Dirty Lies' could be Motley Crue reinvented, such is Lou Greenberg's take on Vince Neil. Rumbling drums announces the surging rocker 'Love And Desire'; it hustles and grinds hard on the verses but the chorus is surprisingly melodic for such a tough outing. 'Tough Times' has this glam/sleaze party thing happening, while the last of the six 'Tear In The Rain' is a smokey backroom ballad which deserves a few bottles of Jack Daniels being passed around as a tribute.

In Summary
Not much more to add other than 'Dirtier Than You' is a fairly decent set of tunes in what was a barren year for melodic hard rock. If you see it, grab it while you can. Go Canada!

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