As usual Tim kept the wraps tight on this one and aside from the live shows we really didn’t know what we would be getting and as far that goes we didn’t give a damn because we knew it’d be a damn good album. So when I finally got my greedy little mitts on this one I couldn’t wait to give it a spin. first thing that struck me about this album was little less “FUCK YOU” and a little more self deprecating humor. In other words it reminds me more of hanging out with Tim in person than of listening to his other albums. I once described watching Tim perform as “watching a man about to get in a fight with himself” and you could hear that in some of his other albums but it’s not really here on this one. Now don’t go off thinking I am saying that this album doesn’t have emotion running through it, it’s just that the emotions here are less anger and more walking around with friends with a 40 in a paper bag talking about life.

I really think that what makes this album what it is its familiarity. Not in the sense that I’ve heard these songs before but in the sense that they make me feel like I am part of the family. In fact there’s a lot on here I haven’t heard from Mr. Barry before. “Adele and Hell” is more like a country song than I honestly thought I’d ever hear from him. “Amen” is as Gospel as music gets. If I ever thought that I had Tim Barry figured out I know now that I was wrong. While 28th and Stonewall was a bigger sound than I expected 40 Miler is hard to even put a finger. Tim continues to do his thing and well it is what it is and as far as I am concerned he can do no wrong. So yeah this is Essential Listening and yeah I wish I could do it justice with my words because I really haven’t. I don’t even think I could if I re-wrote every word here. Instead of embarrassing myself even further I’ll just let you all experience this one for yourselves. You can stream the entire album below thanks to Tim giving us permission to give you a stream for a couple weeks!



  1. Good Description. There are some songs on this album that would feel good to sing around a campfire with good friends and enjoy life. The album has a different attitude and I like it. Tim is like no one else.

    1. Also “Music should sound like escape not rent” One of the best lines I ever heard!

  2. You’re 100% right this is like talking to Tim. It’s comfortable but the intensity is still there. His albums are a progression both personally and musically which continues through this one as well.

  3. It definitely feels a lot chummier. I’m glad he mellowed out a little — I was getting worried about him.

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