Bobby Bare JR. Young Criminals' Starvation League (Bloodshot) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Son of a country legend, Bobby Bare Jr. gamely attempts to capture some of the eccentric eloquence of his songwriting mentor, Shel Silverstein, on Young Criminals' Starvation League, but misses by a country mile. Sure, there's a touch of the Silverstein quirk in The Monk At The Disco and Flat-Chested Girl From Maynardville, but the essential humanity that made Silverstein's screwball novelties hit home is missing. And Bare Jr. singing with an affected Paul Westerberg-type lonesome moan just doesn't cut it.
Bobby Bare Jr. always puts on an entertaining show, and his Horseshoe gig Monday (March 31) should be no different.