Album Review: Queens of the Breakers by The Barr Brothers
Exceptionally Good, Based on 2 Critics
Exclaim - 90 Based on rating 9/10
The third album can be crucial for any band. Do they complacently settle into a signature sound they've forged, or take the opportunity to up their game in adventurous fashion? It should be no surprise that Montreal- based trio the Barr Brothers took the latter path, given the genre-defying material they created on their self-titled debut and 2014's breakthrough effort, Sleeping Operator.
Queens of the Breakers is equally eclectic, but the strength of the writing, playing and production is such that it never sounds unfocused or ….
You might get the sense that the songs on the third album by Montreal’s Barr Brothers didn’t come easily or quickly. In fact, the expansive, heavenly textured, rambling blues jams that make up a good part of the record preserve some of the improvised spirit they were created in.
Brothers Brad and Andrew Barr and harpist Sarah Pagé decamped to Wild Studio, a cabin a couple hours north of Montreal, to hammer out sounds that Brad later wrote lyrics to and made into songs.