The Barbershop Years review by Mr. Bojangles' Moustache

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  • Released: Jun 28, 2006
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)

Sound — 7
A small town band from the south-west of England who are determined to bring stripped back rock back to the forefront with this album. Including a spoken intro and outro, this album has 10 tracks and comes in at under 30 minutes. The first listen through highlights immediately that some songs are much more memorable that others, and whilst you could catch yourself singing along to some songs after the CDs stopped, you'll struggle to remember some of the other songs at all. It could be argued that the first half of the album has the catchier songs; Moustache Way, Strutter, Ventriloquist and What Do You Know? could quite easily become imprinted on your mind and, excluding Ventriloquist, would have many people up dancing at a party. So the second half of the album is a bit of a disappointment after the initial shot. However, the level of musicianship doesn't drop throughout the whole album so there's no denying that these guys can play their instruments.

Lyrics — 9
Throughout the whole album, the lyrics and the music compliment each other perfectly. I would argue that Ventriloquist contains the best lyrics on the album, and are the epitome of dark and moody rock lyrics. The choruses are catchy and memorable, and the lyrical build up to them alongside the musical build up means that you could very well imagine a venue full of people singing them. Whilst the latter songs may waver in terms of the music, the lyrics stay strong and consistent throughout.

Overall Impression — 8
Mr Bojangle's Moustache are a young band, with all the members in their late teens or earlier 20s and this is reflected in their music. The CD isn't polished or perfect in terms of sound, and in some ways this is a very good thing. It reminds the listener that, in the end, being in a band should be fun. So whilst this album may fall down slightly in terms of professionalism it certainly scores high in terms of showing a group of young men having fun playing the music they love. I wish the second half of the album was as consistent as the first half, but the Moustache have plenty of time to perfect what they're doing and at the moment they're on the right track.

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