Tim Barry – “Manchester”
Album Reviews | Oct 25th, 2008
Record Label: Suburban Home Records
Genre: Country Folk
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Manchester is the follow-up to Tim Barry’s 2006 album Rivanna Junction. I wasn’t a fan of that album but maybe I’m just in a better mood today but I actually like this album. Tim Barry is the frontman for Avail and has been for 20 years. Now he’s doing this solo country folk act, and currently he’s touring on the Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols and others.
I dug the songs South Hill and This November because I like folksy upbeat music. I particularly don’t care for the alt-country, country songs by Barry but that’s just because I don’t like that genre of music. Tim Barry’s lyrics seem to have come out more distinctively in Manchester as well. I think Tim is trying to sound like Johnny Cash too much in the slower songs though. The Johnny Cash right before he died-kind-of-sound. I think if he sticks to songs like Tile Work and the other songs I mentioned before, he’ll be all right. Fans of Barry will really love this album though.
Bottom Line: I like Manchester better than his last album
Notable Tracks: South Hill, This November, Tile Work