Bobby Bare, Jr., Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Bare Jr.’s solo debut is what alt-country is all about. And yeah, that’s a Smiths cover.

Though he'd had a minor alt-rock radio hit with his band Bare Jr., it wasn't until he added his first name back into the equation for this 2002 solo debut that Bobby fully came into his own as a songwriter. From the unstoppably catchy opening track "I'll Be Around" to the hilarious sketch "Monk at the Disco" to the Lone Star State ode "Stay in Texas" to a cover of his late mentor Shel Silverstein's "Painting Her Fingernails," this record is filled with the kind of creativity and personality that fuels the best of alt-country (or any genre, for that matter).