Jamie Barnes plays a brand of folk-rock that is similar to that created at regular intervals by Devendra Banhart. However, Jamie takes more than a little hint from sixties-rock (America, Neil Young) and this is why â€œHoney From The Ribcageâ€ far out-strips much of the earlier-influenced folk rock of the current period. The bouncy sound of â€œPearly Gate and Son Pest Controlâ€ shows a little more of that sixties-influence, and really solidifies the sound of the disc.
Jamie Barnes really comes forth on this album with a style of rock (albeit secularized) that during tracks like â€œThree Sunsâ€, that goes near the type of music that Jars of Clay was trying to do during â€œMuch Afraidâ€. Fans of pop-rock, folk, and of good music with enjoy Jamie do the simplistic yet catchy style of music that is committed to this disc. The aforementioned â€œThree Sunsâ€ titillates listeners by taking sections from nineties-alternative rock, frat-rock and a whole host of different sounds. Jamie succeeds due to his musical â€œmelting potâ€. Jamie comes through with something that surpasses Rufus Wainwright, Hayden, and even the ultra-overrated Elliot Smith; â€œHoney From The Ribcageâ€ is the indie-rock album to pick up this year.
Top Tracks: Three Suns, Pearly Gate and Son Pest Control
Jamie Barnes – Honey From The Ribcage / 2005 Silber Records / 10 Tracks / http://www.jamiebarnes.net / http://www.silbermedia.com / Reviewed 12 June 2005