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3 stars Bark ? 1971 (3.4/5) 11 ? Best Song: Miranda? Or Wild turkey, sir

Many bands passed the 1970's hump with flying colors. Rolling Stones did brilliantly with Sticky Fingers, and Bark wanted to follow suit. Not only are they embracing country and roots rock, they're focusing more on the 'post 1960's search for love'. That era was an aggressive, violent time for a lot of people, and now, after the bombs were dropped and the smoke has cleared, many folks merely wish to pick up the pieces and hug somebody. Bark, while falling so far behind the mark compared to the Stones' masterwork as to be rendered 'mediocre', is still worth your time.

It's not worth my time, but if you like music like some do (you know the ones, they smell and wear big overcoats and talk about having gone to that Hendrix concert you know they never went to, but they swear up and down they have the ticket stub in some old coat in the closet, and you're too depressed to refute them. It's all they've got left), then this might just be worth your time. It's a mix between the rock punch of volunteers and the calmness of Crown (without the prophetic dismay). The piano takes a larger role, making 'Miranda' sound quite macabre. Grace is still worth hearing (gotta mention the vocal melodies, don't I? Oh, bugger off of it, we all know I'll do anything to pad these reviews to make myself feel better). But hey, it doesn't make my feelings any less valid. If Wilson and Alroy admit to not having any qualifications for reviewing, then so can I. I won't because I have insecurity issues, but if I didn't, I would! 'Wild Turkey' may just be their best guitar- driven song. What's that?!

So anyway, if you like nice, feel-bad mope pop rock acid piano balladry roots rock with little direction, but a nice, flowing mood, and some hot grooves, then Bark is upping the right tree.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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