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The Michael Des Barre Band

Carnaby Street

Review by Gary Hill

Michael Des Barre has always been a pop rocker in classic style. This new disc from him shows that to still be true. While there is nothing here that’s going to create some new sound or trend, this is an extremely entertaining album from an artist with plenty of experience entertaining.

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Track by Track Review
You're My Pain Killer
Here we have a killer, fairly slow, bluesy number that just plain rocks.
Carnaby Street
More of a straight forward classic rock jam, this is a lot of fun. It’s got energy and a catchy vocal line. It’s another strong tune on a disc that’s full of them.
Forgive Me
More of a bouncy rock and roll number, somehow this reminds me a lot of the Rolling Stones.
Sugar
There’s almost a Bo Diddley vibe to the chugging rhythmic structure here. It’s got more of a vibe and a smoking hot guitar solo.
Route 69
While this is definitely a different tune than anything else here, it’s in the same classic pop rock sound. It’s got a lot of energy and is a lot of fun.
Please Stay
This time around we get a slow, gospel like number with a lot of great musical flavors built into the track. There is some smoking hot blues guitar in this piece and some seriously powerful vocals.
Little Latin Lover
This short little rocker almost has a little bit of punk rock in it. It’s a cool tune that both continues and extends the concepts of the disc.
Hot and Sticky
The Rolling Stones is definitely a valid reference on this smoking hot, bluesy rocker that’s very cool.
From Cloud 9 to Heartache
The vocals on this make me think of Rod Stewart. This is another killer rocker with classic traditions.
My Baby Saved My A**
Combining the Stones with Rod Stewart in a killer jam, this is a great way to end the set in style.
 
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