Michael Barr Is "Back Home" In The Music Industry Again
The extremely talented r&b musician known as Michael Barr is back. One could say he's "back home" with this brand new EP in terms of his journey of slowly returning to the music industry. Starting from the bottom is difficult when it comes to publicity and money but I think Barr is doing it all over in the right way. He took time out of his life to make something that is honest, artistic, and sincere.
The first track off of the EP is the self-titled track and was the second single released months ago. I think it's appropriate to place this one first in the track listing with it setting the vibe and message right away. You can feel the struggle and desperation of a lonely man wanting change in his own person life. This one can especially be connected to by anyone battling their own demons.
"Here Without You"
This one sets a totally different mood than the previous and I give inventive, creative credit. "Here Without You" is dominated by electronic swells and beats with vocals layered. The subject matter seems to me to be about straight conflict and mind games with someone he loves/loved. I think it is also important to note the off the beaten path outro. It simply features soloed drums repeated over and over and it works.
"Living You" brings the relaxed energy and atmosphere. The instrument, which sounds like a distorted guitar, in the chorus makes the song on-another-level catchy when grouped with the vocals. I can easily picture this song being blasted while driving with the windows down... which is exactly what I'm going to do. Watch me.
"The Good and Sad"
The fourth song off of the EP may be my favorite. Once again, it's a totally different mood than the previous tracks. Overall, musically this one is surprisingly upbeat, reflective, and nostalgic all at the same time. There are multiple single-notated guitars, percussion, and piano and, lyrically, Michael Barr tackles the topics of change, starting over, and the past. This song especially shows how genuine of a person this musician is.
"Where You Been"
To close out the release, Barr chose "Where You Been." If you're already a fan you know that this was the first single released way back when. I feel it's smart to close out with the most familiar track, just as most bands do when they play live, because subconsciously it just feels right and comfortable. Vibe out to this last one then hit the repeat button.