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 [a]Little Barrie[/a] have been missed nevertheless. The likes of Weller and [a]Primal Scream[/a] 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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