Those expecting a collection of meditative, folky solo acoustic guitar renditions of songs by the Canadian alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies will be disappointed by Bill Bulinski's Bare Naked Guitar. The finger-picking guitarist favors the standard new age solo instrumental approach of vaguely Celtic-sounding melodies played at a stately pace with little in the way of dexterous instrumental flash to get in the way of the pleasant, relaxing tunes. Aside from a taste for plucking a bass string to provide rhythmic counterpoint to his high-register melodies, Bulinski has no personal stylistic quirks of note. Nor is he a particularly emotionally expressive player, making Bare Naked Guitar a pleasant enough but thoroughly average and utterly faceless example of middle of the road instrumental mush.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason