Jimmy Barnes

Flesh and Wood

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The '90s weren't kind to Jimmy Barnes. Apart from much-publicized money problems that saw him leave Australia for two years in the middle of the decade, the advent of grunge saw his style of music become completely unfashionable. Barnes tried to counteract this with albums like Soul Deep (a collection of soul covers) and Flesh and Wood.

Flesh and Wood was Barnes' attempt at an unplugged album, and featured such other Australian rock luminaries as Diesel, Tommy Emmanuel, and Archie Roach. While it contains some of Barnes' own material and some covers (including Cold Chisel's superb "Flame Trees"), few songs here manage to match the originals; fewer still eclipse them.

A competent album that shows a more sophisticated side to Barnes that was hinted at with Soul Deep, Flesh and Wood does not hold too much interest for the casual fan.

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