Album Review: Jimmy Barnes, "Heat"

Apparently Mr Barnes, the god from Oz, was trying to rediscover his roots on Heat. What he has done is created a record steeped in fine blues rock traditions. With a voice as earthy as Barnes' it's easy to assume that the material was simple to come by, but all the material is well-crafted and emotive. None more so than Something Got A Hold, a gem of a song that rolls and tumbles around a luscious hook. It's no secret that Barnes is a class live performer. Hear his seminal live LP Barnstorming for proof of that. With Heat he should now get the worldwide recognition he deserves for his studio output. Grade B+

Joe Mackett
Riff Raff
July 1993
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