"Inland & Otherwise" CD
Genres: folk-rock, folk-pop, indie pop
Nov 8 - 14 2004
Inland & Otherwise grabs you upon first listen and
really wraps you in a warm, folk-rock sound. The Barnacles'
immediately catchy, filled to the brim with wonderful, lush guitar
lines and folk vocals. However, as the album progresses, you
notice two things - firstly, this is a fairly homogenous disc, with
few differences between songs; secondly, these tunes don't exactly beg
to be replayed over and over again. While truly excellent
releases demand a permanent home in your stereo, The Barnacles'
style is a bit less memorable - while Inward & Otherwise
can be enjoyed when pulled out and listened to, its songs aren't
likely to be hummed the next day.
On Inland & Otherwise, The Barnacles come up with
a few gems. "Third Degree Burn" has a lovely
sing-along folk-pop melody, and album favourite "Blue Sky" is
dreamily beautiful. However, the rest of the songs seem to blend in
with the landscape - though nothing here is offensively bad.
Overall, this album has a bit of an Anomoanon-esque
quality. If you're a fan of the indie folk-rock genre, Inland
& Otherwise will make for an interesting acquisition;
otherwise, it will simply be a pleasant, occasional listen.
11 tracks, distributed by CD
Baby, released 2003]