Album Review: Little Barrie - 'King Of The Waves'

Blues pop with heavy gusto

There hasn’t been a Stone Roses-esque manhunt in the five years since their last album, but Little Barrie have been missed nevertheless. The likes of Weller and Primal Scream have recruited Barrie Cadogan for licks, while their gnarly blues pop has earned a minor cult status in their absence.

Reunited with first album producer Edwyn Collins, ‘King Of The Waves’ rekindles the band’s effervescent spirit but injects a fiery determination into Barrie’s blueprint. The likes of ‘Surf Hell’ and ‘Tip It Over’ twitch with machine gun urgency, while ‘Money In Paper’ soars with a sawdust swagger and the producer’s backing vocals. Gritty, wiry, it’s good to have the little ’uns back.

Paul Stokes

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7 / 10

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