[Review] Paul Baribeau and Ginger Alford – Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town (2006)

13 Nov

First off, credit goes to Dana for notifying me of this album’s existence. Without her, this post would not have been possible.

In short, this is a fantastic album of Springsteen covers. I mean, the songs are already classics and really good anyhow, but there is something about a frantically strummed acoustic guitar and imperfect, often straining, emotional vocals that lends a new urgency and infectiousness to these tunes. It’s really hard to pick out a favorite because it’s all so enjoyable. Alford’s sweet voice complements Baribeau’s rougher-edged singing quite nicely. I remarked to my friend Adam as a first impression that it sounded like it could have been a recording of an impromptu open mic performance (save for the occasionally present xylophone). I think I’ll largely stick to that assessment, though these recordings lack the same sort of epic Brian Fallon-esque vocal reverb that Freud’s Open Mic performers revel in at the Clark University Bistro on Thursday nights at 10 pm…

I had been marginally aware of Baribeau’s existence before I listened to this album; “Ten Things” quickly became a favorite of mine a while back but for some reason I never got around to getting much else of his recordings. Also, I saw a Pink Couch session with him earlier this year, and some slightly unhinged fellow who wandered into my dorm room back during sophomore year was also apparently a big fan. After listening to Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town, I feel as though I have been missing out and will have to remedy this immediately. Plus, the dude’s beard is ridiculous, a characteristic for which I always have great respect and admiration.

Paul Baribeau and Ginger Alford – Born to Run

I couldn’t really find a buy link for this album, but you can check out the tour MySpace HERE.

The legendary Plan-It-X is Baribeau’s label.

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