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Year End Lists 2014: Asbury Park Songwriter Rick Barry Shares His Top 10 Albums

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Year End Lists 2014: Asbury Park Songwriter Rick Barry Shares His Top 10 Albums

Alvvays – Alvvays

Justin and Emily from Dentist (See below) turned me on to this record over the summer. Immediately, the track, “Archie, Marry Me” was forever stuck in my head. Every track on this record is infectious, to Captain trips like proportions.

Stand out tracks for me are, “Archie, Marry Me,” “Party Police” and “Next Of Kin”.

Dentist – Dentist

Having worked with members of Dentist in the past, and knowing what songwriters, Emily and Justin Bornemann can do when working with Producer and Dentist member, Andy Bova, saying I was eager to hear this record would be an enormous understatement.

It did not disappoint. It’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a sing along, surf rock, head bopping, warm beer and bubblegum dance party. A solid listen straight through (minus perhaps “Robot”),

But my favorites would have to be “Do It Cause I Wanna,” “Dolce,” “Bad Breath” and “4 Dollar Stoli.”….(insert “dental work” pun here).

Shelby Earl – Swift Arrows

Without having heard a single track, I picked this one up after hearing an interview with Shelby on NPR. All it took was mentioning her producers name, Damien Jurado. I was not disappointed. The title track had me hooked within moments.

The content of Shelby’s songs are anything but cheerful and often bleak, but with a production style ripped straight out of Gold Star studios circa 1963, these create a unique and alluring record from end to end.

Val Emmich – Autobio, Part 1

As the title implies, This is an autobiographical EP. Val compared it to the musical equivalent of reality TV, but don’t let that fool you. It’s much more than some novelty EP for today’s culture of voyeuristic fuckery.

While the content in the lyrics can often be pretty specific (Getting punched in the eye at a party, Family illness etc.) The underlying themes are pretty universal and incredibly relatable.

Arranged in typical Val style, marrying infectious melodies to truly authentic, sometimes nostalgic and often heartbreaking lyrical content, this record is plainly one of the most brutally honest and ballsy things I have heard. Looking forward to part 2.

Molly Drake – Molly Drake

Molly Drake was the mother of late singer/songwriter, Nick Drake. This record is a collection of songs recorded in her home for private enjoyment. It takes you back and makes you feel an immediate relationship with Molly. You have been invited into the privacy of her home to listen to her private creations.The songs are haunting, melancholy and beautiful.

The Both – The Both

Sun Kil Moon – Benji

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

CachaBacha – Reboot/Repeat

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

(Speak Into My Good Eye Senior Editor Mike Mehalick would like to take this time out to thank Mr. Barry for his patience while Mike drunkenly tried to play guitar at Dentist’s record release show. He is still embarrassed.)

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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