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Polaris First Impressions: The Barr Brothers- S/T
I thought this was going to be an easy impression to give. Based on the slow-burning opener “Beggar in the Morning” I was going to say something along the lines of “a nice, gentle folk record, perfect for a rainy day” or something. Boy was I wrong.
I started to get a hint that maybe this wasn’t so calm when I heard “Give the Devil Back His Heart.” This song is just a straight-up, badass rock song that shows that this group is a lot more than they seem at first.
"The Devil’s Harp" continues the "rocking" trend, and "Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying" kicks things up another notch. I think top honours has to go to "Deacon’s Son" which has the band’s harp player a little more audible, and I think I even heard a steel drum somewhere in there, which is awesome.
Though I’ve described their rocking side, their gentler side is something to behold as well. “Cloud (For Lhasa)” is a particularly dreamy-sounding song, and I couldn’t help but did the church-style organ in the album closer “Let There Be Horses.” 
In this sense, this self-titled album is a very complete one. 

Polaris First Impressions: The Barr Brothers- S/T

I thought this was going to be an easy impression to give. Based on the slow-burning opener “Beggar in the Morning” I was going to say something along the lines of “a nice, gentle folk record, perfect for a rainy day” or something. Boy was I wrong.

I started to get a hint that maybe this wasn’t so calm when I heard “Give the Devil Back His Heart.” This song is just a straight-up, badass rock song that shows that this group is a lot more than they seem at first.

"The Devil’s Harp" continues the "rocking" trend, and "Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying" kicks things up another notch. I think top honours has to go to "Deacon’s Son" which has the band’s harp player a little more audible, and I think I even heard a steel drum somewhere in there, which is awesome.

Though I’ve described their rocking side, their gentler side is something to behold as well. “Cloud (For Lhasa)” is a particularly dreamy-sounding song, and I couldn’t help but did the church-style organ in the album closer “Let There Be Horses.” 

In this sense, this self-titled album is a very complete one. 

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