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Artist: Tim Barry (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
Tim Barry’s latest album, 40 Miler, is nothing short of brilliant. The album is classic Barry with passionate lyrics and vocals on top of his acoustic guitar Americana/folk punk music but this time around the theme is more uplifting than on his previous records. What I’ve always loved about Barry’s songs, even going back to his time in Avail, is how he perfectly captures the essence of the working class misfit that is caught in the middle of this insane world, standing there, shaking his head, disgusted by what he sees all around him. It’s that outlook that has spoken so clearly to me over the years and with the desperate passion of someone who cannot believe how the world doesn’t see the idiocy all around. That attitude is in full force on 40 Miler. On top of the great lyrics, 40 Miler includes some of Barry’s best songs to date. Numbers like “Wezeltown,” “Amen,”, and the title track are instant classics and those three are only scratching the surface. Fans of Barry’s work should love 40 Miler. Those who have never heard Tim Barry but are fans of artists like Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, and Dave Hause should definitely give 40 Miler a listen. No doubt that this record is one of the best of the year.