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Paul Baribeau

Paul Baribeau: UnbearableUnbearable (2010)
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Holy shit, overdubs! Yes, Paul Baribeau has entered the world of overdubs on his third album, and to his credit does it in a minimal way, not straying from his distinct style of a raw soul alone on his acoustic guitar (the overdubs consist of backup vocals--done by himself--and electric guitar leads.
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Holy shit, overdubs! Yes, Paul Baribeau has entered the world of overdubs on his third album, and to his credit does it in a minimal way, not straying from his distinct style of a raw soul alone on his acoustic guitar (the overdubs consist of backup vocals--done by himself--and electric guitar leads for a few songs). Paul Baribeau's first two records, while both excellent, weren't exactly albums--his self-titled was more of a glorified demo and Grand Ledge was really, really, really short. At 10 songs in 24 minutes, Unbearable is a completely realized record, his most rewarding listen from front to back, and his most crisply recorded album.

If you've heard his first two albums, you won't be surprised that it doesn't drift much musically or lyrically from his oft-palm muted acoustic guitar coupled with brutally honest/very specific lyrics ("How many horror movies have we sat through? / How many Sour Patch Kids, how many 2-liters of Mountain Dew?"). "Eight Letters" is a triumph, detailing eight letters he wrote to a girl who, of course, broke his heart, but couldn't bring himself to actually send any. The calming "Blue Cool" uses his backup vocals for a soothing effect that is absent on his other records.

This was a surprise download as I found out about the record by accident--Punknews didn't have an article on its impending release (shame on us!) and there's nothing even written about it on Paul's MySpace, save for two songs he put up.

 

 
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TahoeJeff (May 24, 2010)

I have found all of this guy's stuff pretty unbearable

timorous_me (May 23, 2010)

I just stumbled upon it too. I really like it, but it took awhile to grow on me since it is a bit different and more polished than his previous stuff.

jonnyv859 (May 21, 2010)

i didn't think this record was even comparable to the previous two.

lmnndtlgrph (May 21, 2010)

anybody who "just stumbled on this" should go sign up for the no idea newsletter. they send out weekly updates with details on every new title added to their distro. and since they carry almost everything.... you'll be on top of almost everything whenever it comes out.

noah (May 21, 2010)

unbearable

acris (May 21, 2010)

i didn't even know about this until just now

brangelina (May 21, 2010)

This guy loves himself!

joe_weasel (May 21, 2010)

i found it the exact same way.. by just stumbling upon it. which is pretty crazy cause i'm a big paul baribeau fan. anyway, another great release. this guys needs WAY more exposure.

seth_uber_alles (May 21, 2010)

aptly titled I'm sure

reinventingkyle (May 21, 2010)

His best cd yet

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