Mellow, grimy, and quirky

Bones Malones releases blues influenced album  Barn Recordings

by Chloe Nudo

Bones Malones, a studio artist from the 70s and 80s, has released a new CD Barn Recordings with a mellow mood open roads songs, intense rebel yells, a few classic sounding blues and few odd songs. It’s a successful mix.

When the CD starts to spin, you are exposed to a very Johnny Cash-sounding intro, which only made me hope that it doesn’t all sound the same. But it surprised me with its variety of music. Throughout the album, the melodies and instruments vary in mood but his voice stays raspy and bluesy the whole way through. The different tunes contrast differently with his voice.

The first song, “Big Glass House”, and others like “Going Outta Style”, “Movin On”, and “Woman”, all have a bluesy feel to them. One of the best songs was “Woman”, which really brings out the true pain of a bluesman, as the subject of women usually do. This song makes you feel the yearning of the artist and the true seduction of a woman. It has a simple drum beat, but with the accordion and the guitar it gives it a sexual feel like a song that would be playing back in a 50s movie based in Italy with dark young European woman dancing.

The tracks, “Barn Burner” and “Chip in my tooth” have a more grungy sound to them with distorted voices, hard drum beat and electric guitars that have a rebellious edge to them. “Barn Burner” is instrumental with a few yells here and there but it’s still a great song that one could play in the background of a march full of gypsies and hippies.

The rest of the tracks have a really nice open road often repeated to them, a few acoustic tracks, harmonicas, and softer electric guitar. This album would be one I suggest to put in the road trip case. Lyrically, it’s not mind blowing, but there are some clever lines that stand out.  It’s a CD to play in the background and tune in and out of. Starting off in country, it shifts to upbeat, mellows out, gets grungy, goes bluesy, back to grungy and then finishes off with a ballade of the end of madness.

To truly enjoy this CD, one must be open minded as sometime the wackiness of the 70’s stands out. His voice sounds as though it is from that decade, since you can hear the wear of it through the raspy sound and rough scratch to it. But if you are willing to listen,  you can enjoy some great melodies and quirky stories.

One response to “Mellow, grimy, and quirky

  1. Bones Malones is in his twentys … how do I know!?!? I’m his guitar player.

    Do your research.

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