Canada - Full Moon 81 - 05/16/03
Gag Order Records
Jim Barbaro used to be in a band called the Magnetics. Since then he's made three solo records,
this being his latest. He has a beautiful vocie and writes great songs.
"If Love is Blind" is bluesy and urgent, and has Barbaro and his backing vocalists singing up
a storm. "I've Seen the Stars fall" has jazzy touches and subtle, spanish flourishes. There are
also some cool spoken word bits. The bitter "Tribute to a Fool" paints a sad picture of lost love.
'My heart was a welcome mat where you wiped your feet' seethes Barbaro.
"Jade and Steel" is a delicate acoustic thing that has a lyric about two very different lovers.
"Rose Bolero" is a poignant song with great guitar-playing. Its dramatic sound is highly appealing.
The closer "Hanging on for Dear Love" is frantically good. Barbaro uses his flexible voice to its
Sketches is a great album, that offers a variety of styles, all done well.
Copyright © 2003 Anna Maria Stjärnell