David Barbe

Comet of the Season

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Producer/engineer, former Bob Mould sideman, and onetime Athens, GA, punk rocker David Barbe weighs in with an eclectic solo debut on Comet of the Season. The opener, "Nickel a Minute," sets a somewhat deceiving tone with its thorny barroom rock, as the effort enjoys frequent flights of psychedelic abandon such as "Silver White Flash" or the lush and mopey "Soft, Distant Light" (which sounds like Robyn Hitchcock gone slowcore). "Yr. Out," one of the finest tracks here, is bolstered by a rolling backbeat, glorious stabs of guitar, and Barbe's Lennon-like sneering vocal line. And these rocked-up punctuations of energy are where Barbe succeeds most, not with the more ponderous psychedelia of the aforementioned "Soft, Distant Light" or "If Here." Nevertheless, this is a strong effort, boosted by Barbe's considerable production and songwriting skills.

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