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Des Barres, Michael (Band) - 2012 Carnaby Street

ARTIST: Des Barres, Michael (Band)
ALBUM: Carnaby Street
LABEL: Gonzo Multimedia
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Gonzo Multimedia


LINEUP: Michael Des Barres - lead and backing vocals, guitars, percussion * Eric Schermerhorn - guitat, slide guitar * Paul Ill - bass, backing vocals * Jebin Bruni - keyboards * David Goodstein - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're My Painkiller * 02 Carnaby Street * 03 Forgive Me * 04 Sugar * 05 Route 69 * 06 Please Stay * 07 Little Latin Lover * 08 Hot And Sticky * 09 From Cloud 9 To Heartache * 10 My Baby Saved My Ass



This album is well overdue for a mention. It was released in the middle of 2012 and still sees singer, musician and actor Michael DesBarres still honing his craft well into what would be considered for many others (but not Michael) retirement age. As you can guess from the album title 'Carnaby Street', this album is all about the sounds and styles from the late great 60's, a time where many legacy artists of today were forged in the fire of the British Blues movement. Of course DesBarres was there or thereabouts, and the material here is a dedication to that era. Don't be thinking that the songs on 'Carnaby Street' are a doppelganger for his hard rockin' days with Detective. Nope, the songs here go back a decade earlier or more.

The Songs
'You're My Pain Killer' kicks things off in a slinky blues fashion; loads of rhodes (hey, that rhymes!) plus the add shot of organ to add colour. Title track 'Carnaby Street' is a colourful affair, I can feel the 60's vibe from the outset, as if dressed for the occasion. Sort of like the 80's glam scene but twenty years earlier! The fun-filled affair that is 'Forgive Me' has a touch of Rod Stewart about it, definitely a dose of happy pills is involved here. 'Sugar' is more of a straight-ahead effort while 'Route 69' could straddle the fence of many rockers with its well travelled rock n blues. A very likeable tune for sure. The tempo is slowed considerably for the sad song ballad 'Please Stay', it ticks along at a slow pace but has a load of charm nonetheless. The guitars get a little bit cranky and bit more sassy for the hot tamale 'Little Latin Lover'. The tempo definitely has a bit of chilli inserted up the back passage for extra effect which will make you jiggle whichever way! 'Hot And Sticky' also smells of Carnaby Street on a summers day, with a hint of Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart for extra deodorised effect. 'From Cloud 9 To Heartache' has a happy-go-lucky vibe happening, slightly up-tempo with the organ adding the pleasant effect. Winding up things is 'My Baby Saved My Ass', as you can tell, the song is kinda rumbuctuous, energetic and with a half-dose each of attitude and humour!

In Summary
Keeping things in perspective, this is a pretty convincing effort from a guy that's seen it all within the rock industry covering 40 years and then some. It's basic, simple and to the point. No pretences here. Just take stroll with this one, right down Carnaby Street. Hope you've got a decent pair of shoes!

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