Sleeping Operator (CD)


The Barr Brothers

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Amoeba Review

10/06/2014

Making a second album can be daunting for a group. Having to live up to expectations of their previous release without repeating themselves, the pressure can be severe. For the Barr Brothers, Sleeping Operator takes risks that wouldn't have been expected from the neo-classical folk music quartet whose previous album of gentle harmonies, harps and bouncing guitars was more 1961 than 2011. But now they sound 2014 with a vibrant production stepping them out of merely folk and throwing them into a blend of folk-pop ballads with luminous horns, avant-rock percussion, thick string parts and mellow guitar jam-outs. The first track, "Static Orphans," is the ambient cold-opening to a surprisingly indie-rock jam, "Love Ain't Enough," followed by "Wolves" which sounds right out of a '70s country-rock album your parents might have listened to. But they haven't let go of their folk roots. Culminating in "Please Let Me Let It Go," you're left with a sublime sadness that few artists can achieve. This is interesting folk music at heights that few artists can touch.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Static Orphans
The Barr Brothers
2.
Love Ain't Enough
The Barr Brothers
3.
Wolves
The Barr Brothers
4.
Even the Darkness Has Arms
The Barr Brothers
5.
Come In the Water
The Barr Brothers
6.
Little Lover
The Barr Brothers
7.
How the Heroine Dies
The Barr Brothers
8.
Valhallas
The Barr Brothers
9.
Half Crazy
The Barr Brothers
10.
Bring Me Your Love
The Barr Brothers
11.
England
The Barr Brothers
12.
The Bear At the Window
The Barr Brothers
13.
Please Let Me Let It Go
The Barr Brothers

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