Paul Baribeau
Unbearable


4.0
excellent

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
October 5th, 2010 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Paul Baribeau's back with ten more folk songs straight from the heart

I have no idea how to go about starting this review so I'll just say that Paul Baribeau is a young man from Michigan and he sings short passionate folk/punk songs. Though his music is sparse on the surface, just an acoustic guitar and his tender voice, he can conjure up an array of feelings and emotions via a two minute ditty. Unbearable, Baribeau’s third release, is ten more little folk songs straight from the heart in the vein of his previous albums but not without some subtle improvements.

At just under 25 minutes, Unbearable is a quick and enjoyable listen and one with plenty of replay value. The songs consist of catchy acoustic riffs, personal narratives, and the occasional shouting outbursts which make for great sing-a-longs. One shining attribute of Unbearable is the brilliant melody found in the choruses, where Paul’s voice has never sounded so polished and alluring.

There are a number of highlights among the ten tracks; the epic (for Paul) five-minute Rolling Clouds, with its catchy verses and soaring chorus, the rare surf rock-esque guitar in The Wall, the lullaby-like Poor Girls, the charming chorus of “if I knew what was wrong, I would tell you, honest I would” in the opening song just to name a few. Baribeau's ability to capture those genuine human moments makes his lyrics one of his finest traits.

In summary, Unbearable is ten more simple, passionate songs from Paul that sound more refined than ever. There’s an almost therapeutic quality that can be attained from Baribeau’s music if it hits you the right way, and if it does then you know you have found something special.



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tom79
October 5th 2010


3376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's really short I know, and I haven't written a review in like a year and a half so, bear with me. But I kinda just felt like writing about this one.

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SeaAnemone
October 5th 2010


20554 Comments


Sounds exactly like something I could listen to right now... been binging on Tallest Man On Earth for weeks now, could use some folky variety.

.. nice seein' ya around, Tom!

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robin
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


4249 Comments


i need this record, i love his s/t. nice to see you, i agree.

TRMshadow
October 5th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review, albeit a bit shout, pos.

I downloaded this off ifyoumakeit a while ago and have been neglecting it, good to hear I'm in for a good time.

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


3742 Comments


tight, didn't know he had a new one out. love your reviews, wish you would write more

Kiran
Emeritus
October 5th 2010


6001 Comments


urgh, i still gotta get to 'grand ledge' and now this comes out!

risbo
June 23rd 2011


13 Comments


Production value of this one is waaay bigger than everything else he's done. Kind of trades that in for the rawer emotion of his earlier stuff.

Blind
January 14th 2014


427 Comments


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