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The Automatic Door by Anton Barbeau

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Reviewed on 29th November 2007.


The Automatic Door

By Anton Barbeau

It's the first time I've come across the 'psychedelic power pop' of multi instrumentalist Californian Anton Barbeau although apparently he's made about 15 albums in the last 6 months whilst constantly touring with his esoteric, slightly quaint brand of 60's sounds.

And make no mistake, this is really, very, extremely 60's.   Alternately reminiscent of 'Revolver' era Beatles and 'Notorius' era Byrds  (as opposed to Duran Duran) whilst stopping off at all points between.  It's charming, undoubtedly, pleasant, certainly but I'm struggling to understand why I'd pick this off the shelf as opposed to either of the above albums or even a dozen similar.

There are nice harmonies supplied by collaborator, Oxford folkie, Su Jordan , the sound is bright and cheerful and the song writing, while certainly quirky, can hit the spot, particular opener 'Staring at the Sun', 'You Can Move a Mountain' and the more poignant 'Ring Never Bell'.

You do have a Beatles album here but unfortunately all the songs were written by Ringo.



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