Todd Barry

Medium Energy

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Medium Energy might be pushing it since the deadpan Todd Barry often sounds like he needs a good poke with a stick, but behind the weary delivery is a sharp, somewhat sick wit. Barry's act has more than its fair share of filth, but with a delivery that's the polar opposite of Andrew Dice Clay's, his sleaze material is a fascinating kind of creepy instead of the usual brash offensiveness. Past the icky toilet humor is Barry's acerbic observations on everyday life and some hilarious riffing on the music industry that suggests the comedian is well aware of the indie music scene (anyone with an overly analytical music aficionado for a friend will greatly appreciate "Crazy Mixed Tape"). Odd that the track listing flicks by faster than Barry's pulse, but "odd" is something he wears like a badge. He's an acquired taste, but for those who enjoy Andy Kaufman-type characters who challenge an audience rather than play to them, Medium Energy will go from endurance test to Top Ten list in about three listens. Comedy albums that demand repeat listens are rare, ones that grow with each listen even rarer. Weird, rewarding, and a funny sort of unsettling.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:02 SpotifyAmazon
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3 0:58 SpotifyAmazon
4 0:41 SpotifyAmazon
5 0:48 SpotifyAmazon
6 1:01 SpotifyAmazon
7 1:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 0:47 SpotifyAmazon
9 0:41 SpotifyAmazon
10 1:14 SpotifyAmazon
11 0:23 SpotifyAmazon
12 1:01 SpotifyAmazon
13 0:49 SpotifyAmazon
14 0:49 SpotifyAmazon
15 1:00 SpotifyAmazon
16 0:51 SpotifyAmazon
17 0:30 SpotifyAmazon
18 0:53 SpotifyAmazon
19 0:43 SpotifyAmazon
20 0:48 SpotifyAmazon
21 0:53 SpotifyAmazon
22 0:47 SpotifyAmazon
23 1:14 SpotifyAmazon
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0:38 SpotifyAmazon
25 0:51 SpotifyAmazon
26 1:13 SpotifyAmazon
27 0:13 SpotifyAmazon
28 0:39 SpotifyAmazon
29 1:00 SpotifyAmazon
30 0:33 SpotifyAmazon
31 0:32 SpotifyAmazon
32 0:26 SpotifyAmazon
33 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
34 0:19 SpotifyAmazon
35 1:48 SpotifyAmazon
36 0:51 SpotifyAmazon
37 0:37 SpotifyAmazon
38 0:37 SpotifyAmazon
39 0:23 SpotifyAmazon
40 0:49 SpotifyAmazon
41 2:00 SpotifyAmazon
42 1:20 SpotifyAmazon
43 1:06 SpotifyAmazon
44 0:21 SpotifyAmazon
45 0:55 SpotifyAmazon
46 0:55 SpotifyAmazon
47 0:57 SpotifyAmazon
48 0:42 SpotifyAmazon
49 1:55 SpotifyAmazon
50 1:27 SpotifyAmazon
51 0:28 SpotifyAmazon
52 0:45 SpotifyAmazon
53 0:29 SpotifyAmazon
54 0:35 SpotifyAmazon
55 1:57 SpotifyAmazon
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