Steve Harley is generally known as the leader of the glam rock group Cockney Rebel, so it might come as a surprise to casual fans that he recorded a live acoustic album in 1998 at London's Jazz Cafe. That live album, Stripped to Bare Bones, happens to be proof that Harley was a solid song-craftsman and a fine performer, more than just a glam has-been. His relaxed yet energetic performances and ease at storytelling make Stripped to Bare Bones a highly entertaining album, even for listeners who aren't familiar with his body of work. Since the record is effectively a document of a full concert, complete with shtick, it isn't something that would make its way to the stereo all that often, but when it's on, it will likely make you smile.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine