Barbe-Q-Barbies – Borrowed Time a Review31st May 2019 0 By Owen Edmonds
Do you know what I like? Finding a new band or artist that does what they do really well. I like finding musicians that know their instruments inside out and who know how to use them to the best. I love a vocalist who can sit in a song, seemingly without effort, but who still delivers range, subtlety and power. And I am very happy to say that I’ve found all of this in the Barbe-Q-Barbies.
Hailing from Finland, this 5 piece have released “Borrowed Time” their fourth album. Do you like dirty guitars? Then you’ll probably like this.
As mentioned, The Barbies have a really good sound and without any fuss, the entire album has a groove and a tempo that got my head nodding and my foot tapping. The band have managed to fuse elements of pop and groove with a rock attitude and sentiment.
The sound on the album is reminiscent of bands like The Rival Sons, Joan Jett, QOTSA and at times Foo Fighters. It has a hard, edgy quality to it which makes it a nice way to spend some time listening to it.
A lot of the songs have a personal and auto-biographical quality to them, dealing with bad decisions, dodgy relationships and the like. However, it doesn’t feel self-conscious or sycophantic, they just simply work.
My personal favorite track is “Alive” and this is going straight onto my main playlist. It is the vocals that make this song for me, the sweeping rise in the chorus is wonderful. As for the final 45 seconds or so, the way it ramps up is fantastic.
Even though the album feels very similar throughout, I never got bored and didn’t feel that it detracted from my enjoyment.
For instance, the sixth track “Innocent” whilst sounding like the rest of the album has enough in it to be enjoyable. There is a distinct No Doubt feel to it. Which is nice.
I found that there are so many dirty guitars parts on this album that it was tough to pick one out, however, the title track “Borrowed Time” is really good, this also makes my playlist. The guitar sounds like something Slash would be happy with. There’s a great chorus and I love the line “Run for your life cause the round is in the chamber”.
Overall this album is a little cracker. I wasn’t expecting too much from a band that I’d never heard of from Finland. However, I am now a fan of the Barbe-Q-Barbies.
My only criticism is that the album is on the short side, 10 tracks (1 an intro) and a little over 30mins long. Thankfully, they have 3 other album and by the time you read this, I’ll have purchased all of them. And the next time they are playing a gig within 100 miles of me, I’m going. And if you like rock, you will too.
Score 8.5 /10
- Hangman’s Song
- Made of Scars
- On And On
- Borrowed Time
7th June 2019
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